Inspired by the life of early-20th-century British satirist Hector Hugh Munro, this debut play from children's author Katherine Rundell makes its US premiere after winning the Top Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. More…
1916. In the trenches of the Battle of the Somme, a soldier tells stories. That soldier is Munro, under the pen name Saki. Beginning with early misrule and school-age rebellion, his tales move on to the complexities of adulthood: obsessions and games, charm and chaos, friendship and jealousy, and, finally, death. Munro was over the age of conscription when WWI broke out in 1914, but volunteered to fight. He was killed by a sniper two years later. His witty, absurd, and strangely optimistic stories are brought to life by an ensemble cast and the occasional puppet.
See it if Delightful show. Touching and creative. Fable-like. Creative staging and really talented cast. Great whimsical entertainment.
Don't see it if small production. Not lavish. You don't care for separate stories framed by an overall theme. You prefer high drama.
See it if You like historical stories told through a creative lens. The actors do a great job at playing various characters throughout the play.
Don't see it if You dislike smaller productions or actors playing multiple roles.
See it if Staged version of several of Saki's short stories. Sad because his lively imagination was snuffed out by the war.
Don't see it if I didn't find the stories compelling. They're cute. The small theater was hot and stuffy. I became sleepy.
See it if You like your plays with equal measures of humor, satire & inspiration. You like clever interpretations of classic writing.
Don't see it if You don't like social satire. You prefer more traditional interpretations of classic writing. You dislike puppetry & video projection.
See it if you're tired of dysfunctional families and the f-bomb in plays; this is charming story telling with some puppetry wrapped in a clever settin
Don't see it if you enjoy high drama; angst filled situations; over blown sets. This show has none of that - just wit and charm.
See it if You want to have a little fun! You enjoy ensemble casts playing multiple parts. This was funny and smart and a pleasant way to spend a night
Don't see it if You really wanted a look at Saki's life. This is more a story of HIS stories. You don't like vignette stories and want to see more of Saki.
See it if short stories translated to the stage, well scrubbed young talent, Edinborough Fringe transfers, SAKI, or puppetry are your thing
Don't see it if WWI memorabilia, British authors, trench warfare, WARHORSE, are not your thing
See it if you want to smile at a joyous production in which a talented cast wins you over with charm and British wit
Don't see it if you don't like small plays in intimate venues and are looking for more of a spectacle
See it if You want to delve into Life According to Saki. You want to see a well acted play by a great group of performers. You want to laugh.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear great stories. You don't like plays that have really interesting puppetry. You don't want to see a great performance.
See it if You appreciate final ensemble acting. Can suspend disbelief and embrace fun fictional tales retold.
Don't see it if You need linearity. Need a comfy seat in a comfy theatre -- neither available here.
See it if You'd like an evening of quick-paced purely theatrical storytelling that attempts the difficult double duty of quirky Saki stories plus bio.
Don't see it if Dry British wit of a certain era's not your thing, or you need an absolutely linear plot or you're not open to the imagination of your youth
See it if you're a fan of Saki, "story theater," and WWI. This is evocative, inventive work, economically presented.
Don't see it if you want traditional plays with one story and three-dimensional characters. It's a Fringe-style show, done exquisitely well.
See it if you want to see 6 of this British writers short stories played out in about 70 minutes. They were neither poignant nor funny. disappointing.
Don't see it if you are looking for good storytelling with a purpose. Very disjointed. The actors did a good job though.
See it if you read Saki stories in High School and wondered why you liked them so much or you wanted to see the top pick at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest.
Don't see it if small gem shows in small theaters in interesting neighborhoods are not your thing and you don't like Odd Fellows Ice Cream.
See it if like watching a very talented group of young actors doing interchangeable parts and puppetry w/o missing a beat
Don't see it if not interested in the life of a upper-class clever, gay man who wrote stories and was shot and died in WWI
See it if You like comedy and WWI themes, you like English accent, and humorous while sober attitudes towards life.
Don't see it if You want a coherent story. This play is literally a collection of stories in the same social background that are not related to each other.
See it if You want to be transported into the charming world of Saki's witty short stories
Don't see it if You might be confused by a show that constantly jumps from real facts ( World War I ) to smart and mischievous short stories and back.
See it if You enjoy humor mixed with the pathos of impending doom partnered with great acting and imaginative staging
Don't see it if You prefer traditional staging or prefer your comedy to be without any seriousness or doom
See it if You want to see Hector Hugh Munro's short stories visualize in vignette form within the frame of WWI trenches cleverly narrated & staged.
Don't see it if No interest in literature by Saki & WWI setting. Dislike unlinked stories within a story that is heavy in Children's Theater format.
See it if you appreciate short stories, inventive staging, and talented performers.
Don't see it if you're looking for something truly moving and profound. While there are some genuinely funny moments, not every choice is effective.