Ah, fall in Fayetteville. The students are back in town, football is about to return to Razorback Stadium, and local theatre company TheatreSquared is back from its summer hibernation with a new season.
The company will kick off the year this week with acclaimed comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, Richard Bean’s adaptation of the classic farce The Servant of Two Masters.
“This is the biggest and quite possibly the funniest show we’ve ever put on stage,” said Robert Ford, T2 artistic director. “For anyone looking to start the fall with a knock-down, flat-out comedy — pure proof of the power of live theatre to make you laugh out loud — this is it.”
The show, directed by T2 veteran Amy Herzberg (Good People), is a slapstick, one-liner laden mix of satire and songs. The Guardian called it “A triumph of visual and verbal comedy” and according to The Daily Mail, it is “The funniest show in the western world.”
The cast includes Chris Crawford, James Taylor Odom, Justin Walker, David Alan Anderson, Seth Andrew Bridges, Katie Cunningham, Craig McDonald, Elizabeth Boyke, Josh Marx, Lizzie O’Hara and Steven Dennis.
Each show also features a Beatles-esque live band called The Craze, made up of local musicians Brian McCue, Bryan Parker, Nick Caffrey and Cody Nielsen.
Tickets range from $15-38 and are still on sale, though T2 executive director Martin Miller said several performances are close to selling out.
“After a jump of 40 percent in our attendance last season, and with just 175 seats to fill each night, we anticipate this show will sell quickly,” Miller said.
The show kicks off with a preview performance on Thursday, Aug. 28, with performances scheduled Thursdays-Sundays through Sept. 21.
For more info about the show, visit theatre2.org.