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The Pajama Men return with Just the two of each of us

Theatre preview

FOLLOWING a sell out Edinburgh Fringe run, The Pajama Men (Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen), dressed in their trademark blue and white striped bedtime attire, return to the capital with Just the two of each of us.

Described as a fast paced multi-layered extravaganza featuring a horde of new characters, the critically acclaimed show receives its London premiere at the Arts Theatre, where it runs from October 15 to November 23, 2013.

Written in the depths of winter surrounded by the walls of London’s Soho Theatre, Just the two of each of us debuted in April at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to sold out houses and critical acclaim, followed by further sold-out runs at the Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals.

Appearing in what is described as a thrilling time-warped layered, joke-ridden tale – musically accompanied on stage by Kevin Hume – is Beulah (who would eat a spider to fit in with the cool kids), Nadine (whose arm is missing and she wants it back), Franz (whose biggest problem is life is too easy) and a procrastinating King (who has only 700 years to get his shit together because if he doesn’t it’s certain death for everyone): all whose seemingly unrelated storylines come crashing seamlessly together in a typically breathless Pajama Men fashion right at the very end.

Meeting in high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1993, Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen cut their teeth doing improvisation and sketch comedy in a storefront theatre. They toured various Canadian Festivals before making their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2004, where they lost a load of money but left with a Perrier Best Newcomer nomination.

A successful return season to Edinburgh the following year helped pave the way for a move to mainland America with stints in esteemed American establishments. In 2008, they went back to Edinburgh, this time with their ridiculously successful show called Versus Vs Versus, which saw them invited to perform at both the Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals (where they took home the Barry Award and Time Out Awards respectively), and their first ever season at Soho Theatre.

However, it was their 2009/10 show, The Last Stand to Reason that really sealed their position on stage: they smashed all previous box office records at Soho Theatre, sold out their Sydney Opera House season and earned the title “Double Act of the Year” in The Times (UK). Since then, The Pajama Men have screened a short film at Sundance and signed developments deals with radio, TV and film people.

Tickets: Standard Prices – £25, £22, £20, £15; Friday and Saturday performances – £25, £22.50, £20, £15; Previews (October 15 and 16) – £20, £15. Available from the box office on 0207 836 8463 or online at www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Sundays at 7.30pm; Friday and Saturdays added late shows at 9.30pm.