The Barnstormers Summer Season, July & August 2014
Ready, Set, Go for The Barnstormers 86th season of exhilarating, enchanting, enthralling live theatre.
On Stage through July 26:
“One Man, Two Guvnors”
Here’s what folks are saying about “One Man, Two Guvnors…”
…We’ve never laughed so hard at a Barnstormers show. Ever…
…My stomach hurts from laughing so much…
…Francis (John Long) and the old waiter (Andrew Codistpoti), should get five GOLD stars for their performances…
…If you don’t think this is hysterical, you should go see a doctor.
Easily confused and distractedly hungry, Francis Henshall takes on two jobs resulting in two bosses. One “guvnor” is a mobster and the other is a criminal who’s on the run. Neither is aware of the other, and Francis goes to extremes to prevent them from discovering each other and his deception. Keeping these less-than-honorable men happy (and apart) produces a laugh-out-loud combination of one-liners, physical comedy, songs and satire.
One Man, Two Guvnors introduces actor John Long and features Barnstormers veterans George F. Piehl, Andrew Codispoti, Angela Smith, Steve Barkhimer and Paul Melendy.
One Man, Two Guvnors, by Richard Bean
based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, Commedia del’Arte
July 22 – 26 (more details)
Brighton, UK 1963—In One Man, Two Guvnors, easily confused, desperately hungry Francis Henshall finds himself with two bosses, same time, same place. Trying to obey orders while keeping each boss in the dark about the other ignites classic farce—mistaken identities, laugh-out-loud jokes, pratfalls and mix-ups. And if one employer is a cross-dressing sister pretending to be her murdered hoodlum brother and the other one is the murderous lover himself, well, you get the picture. Called “the funniest show in town” and “comic perfection” during its London run.
Toad of Toad Hall, by A.A. Milne
from Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows
July 29 – August 2 (more details)
Audiences of all ages will delight in The Barnstormers classic, Toad of Toad Hall, based on Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows. By the time kind Rat, wise Badger, and shy Mole realize that even tough love has no effect on their naughty friend Mr. Toad, it is already too late. The irrepressible Toad goes from calling a policeman “fat-face” to a 20-year prison sentence, and from there to a daring escape and a ferocious battle with riffraff from the wrong side of the woods. After which it’s tea and toasts all around in this playful, imaginative tale of true friendship.
The Complete World of Sports (abridged), by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
August 5 – 9 (more details)
From the inimitable Reduced Shakespeare Company comes a no-holds-barred survey of The Complete World of Sports (abridged) that covers all the bases (even ones you never heard of ), and goes the distance while moving the goalposts so many times all you can do is roll with the punches. Martin and Tichenor hit it out of the park with a full-court press slam-dunk winner. Whether you are an avid sports fan or you find the whole business a nonstarter, this show is a knockout of high spirits and originality.
Be My Baby, by Ken Ludwig
August 12 – 16 (more details)
Ken Ludwig keeps Barnstormers’ audiences rolling in the aisles year after year. This summer’s Be My Baby is a softer, sweeter comedy—lots of laughs, but less farce and more fondness, at least by the end. It wouldn’t be as funny if the grouchy Scotsman and the uptight Englishwoman liked each other right off the bat. Time and circumstances do the trick. Oh, and a baby.
The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie
August 19 – 23 (more details)
The Mousetrap is classic Christie. A snowed-in guest house full of unrelated (or are they?) people, one of whom is a murderer. You won’t know who it is until the end and then you mustn’t tell. As Mollie Ralston, the hostess, notes, “it seems very hard that all of our guests should be either unpleasant or odd.” First produced in 1952, this famous whodunit marked its 25,000th performance in 2012—the longest-running show on the planet.
Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken
August 26 – 30 (more details)
What do you get when you cross a schlocky 60s horror flick about a large man-eating plant with a do-wop chorus and a tender love story? You propagate a hybrid brimming over with the life force energy of musical theatre at its quirkiest and best. Motown-style songs, vegetative puppetry, and an out-of-this-world story make Little Shop of Horrors a show not to be missed.