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Theater & art

Stage Review

Lyric Stage tackles British farce in ‘Guvnors’

The language of theater criticism wasn’t really adequate to the task of describing James Corden’s performance last year in “One Man, Two Guvnors’’ on Broadway. The language of meteorology — tornado, hailstorm, hurricane — brought you closer to the mark.

Corden’s genius for physical comedy helped make a hit out of Richard Bean’s farce, and earned Corden the Tony Award for best actor in a play. (The British actor-comedian prevailed over movie star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was expected to win for his powerhouse portrayal of Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman.’’)

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