|Drama Desk Awards Recognize One Man, Two Guvnors
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Posted: June 4, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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One Man, Two Guvnors picked up a couple of Drama Desk Awards for two of its actors. James Corden beat out Hugo Dancy, Claybourne Elder, Santino Fontana, Joseph Franchini, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kevin Spacey to take home the Outstanding Actor in a Play award. Tom Edden brought home the Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
The play, Richard Bean’s riff on the 1753 Italian play Arlecchino servitore di due padroni, has been heaped with accolades, including a five star review from Time Out New York, during its runs on Broadway and the West End before that. And, the praise is well deserved.
Steeped in the centuries old tradition of physical comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors wrings every bit of comedy it can out of its star’s portly, athletic charm.
Corden is a marvel, a superb physical comedian. Watching his performance evokes pure joy and delight as his character Francis tries to please his two bosses. Something a down-on-his-luck guy like himself struggles to do. Corden so embodies his role, throwing himself into it with full heart, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the role.
Edden is equally spectacular as one of the waiters in the play. While his role is a little less showy, he nails it completely. Corden and Edden are nominated for Tony Awards in the respective categories. I’m rooting for them both on Sunday night. They deserve every accolade they receive.
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