How, one wondered, would British playwright Richard Bean, whose hilarious farce One Man, Two Guvnors made a star out of James Corden, create something as funny for Americans out of the British game of snooker?
He hasn’t, as it turns out. No, “The Nap,” Bean’s sophomore effort on Broadway, is not as soporific as its title suggests. It’s worse than that. The title actually has nothing to do with sleep; a nap is a term in snooker (which is the British version of pool) used for the coarse, fuzzy green surface of the snooker table. And The Nap is indeed coarse and fuzzy.