Life According to Saki
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Life According to Saki
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Life According to Saki NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(71 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
4%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Funny

About the Show

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (71)

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148 Reviews | 10 Followers
95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy Saki's stories.

Don't see it if You need elaborate sets and costumes.

61 Reviews | 18 Followers
94
Absorbing, Epic, Great staging

See it if if you like thoughtful, clever staging and excellent acting with a very clever staging. Also, I hope the show stimulates an operetta.

Don't see it if if you do not like to see shows on a higher intellectual level. Also the venue was not well ventilated and had many steps.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
93
Delightful, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great writing

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.

442 Reviews | 127 Followers
90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent

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.

116 Reviews | 53 Followers
90
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Refreshing, Seamless acting teamwork

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. Read more

117 Reviews | 24 Followers
87
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if In a WW1 trench HH Munro/Saki's Edwardian short stories are brought to life by a gifted, creative, young, British cast.

Don't see it if ....you: want a big budget production in a big budget setting telling one story; don't enjoy puppetry even in moderation and when well done Read more

393 Reviews | 101 Followers
86
Clever, Inventive, Great cast, Edgy, Resonant

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 Read more

162 Reviews | 18 Followers
86
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking

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

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
February 13th, 2017

"It’s perfectly enjoyable as a whimsy-splashed showcase for fresh-faced talent. But the distinctive perversity of the author it riffs upon ultimately eludes the talented creators...Under the direction of Jessica Lazar, the rendering of his stories...brings out their most accessibly theatrical elements...Ms. Rundell has made a few adjustments...Saki’s figures of speech are occasionally tweaked for contemporary ears, not necessarily for the better."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 15th, 2017

"The stories resist being dramatized. Many of them are remarkably brief...Under the direction of Jessica Lazar, the company is adept at popping in and out of various characters. There are a few felicitous staging moments...But in general, 'Life According to Saki' works its framing device rather too relentlessly...You may find yourself leaving the theatre further strengthened in the conviction that Saki's humor is best enjoyed on the page."
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TheaterScene.net
February 20th, 2017

"While 'Life According to Saki' is laden with too many riches for one evening, it is a very diverting show with its eccentric and unconventional stories which retain their relevance after all these years. Saki's off-beat humor still seems extremely modern."
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Theatre is Easy
February 16th, 2017

"Playwright Katherine Rundell has a deft touch for coalescing the stories of Saki with the life of Saki...Rundell is aided by the brilliant director Lazar, whose guidance has helped to create a seamlessly connected ensemble with choreographer Addison. Evoking aspects of children’s theater, the cast effortlessly embodies different characters by switching use of a wardrobe piece or prop...Those that love independent theater will be regretful indeed to miss out on this fine production."
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Theater Pizzazz
February 13th, 2017

"There’s plenty to admire: imaginative directing, spirited acting, a mesmerizing Bunraku puppet, an anachronistic dig at our new president and moments of wit and pathos...'Saki' is an evening of moments, unable to sustain itself...'Saki' simply overestimates both the framing device and the power these short stories have when translated to the stage...The stories about life back home in England are meant to contrast with the life in the trenches but that is never fully developed."
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Exeunt Magazine
February 24th, 2017

"The production’s success sits squarely on the backs of the hard-working performers, who transfer between roles with ease and keep the production consistently delightful to watch...Make no mistake–this is an entertaining show, with constant humor and a lightheartedness that puts a cheery face on horrifying events...If we must be exposed to the darkness in the world–and we must–'Life According to Saki' reminds us to find the light."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
February 14th, 2017

"It's the show's overall inventiveness rather than its contents that make a visit most worth one's while...'Life According to Saki,' which runs only little more than an hour, is best appreciated as a brief introduction to Saki's writings. Still, the stories seem now only of passing interest, they're far from hilarious, and they possess little dramatic weight; in short, there simply isn't enough here worthy of rediscovery."
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Blog Critics
February 13th, 2017

"Directed with energetic precision by Jessica Lazar...The talented members of the Atticist troupe (this is its impressive debut production) artfully operate furry and feathered puppets...When not puppeteering, the actors easily take on and cast off gender-swapping roles as they dart from story to story...The whole thing is so very English in both content and style that it may not be every American’s cup of Darjeeling. But this American enjoyed it quite a lot."
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