Francis Henshall is a hungry young man. Not hungry as in ambitious, but hungry as in starving. His skiffle band has dumped him, and the English resort town of Brighton is no place to be unemployed -- there's too much food and too many women at large. So Francis goes looking for a job and ends up with two. His first employer is Roscoe Crabbe, a rough-and-ready customer. Stanley is Francis' other boss, and he's an upper-crust fancy boy. Neither boss knows about the other, and Francis doesn't bother to tell them -- in fact, he's doing his best to keep the two men from ever meeting. But Brighton is not so big that people don't bump into each other, and in order to keep both jobs and continue to woo the lovely Dolly, Francis has to rely on his wits to keep things quiet; he may be overmatched. Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors
is an English farce freely adapted from Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters
, and it opens the new season of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The comic romp is performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (September 12 through October 5), with occasional second performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University's campus (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org
). Tickets are $17.50 to $79.50.
Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 5 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Oct. 5, 2014