The White House Murder Case is unnervingly topical for a play that first saw the light of day in 1970. Set in 2020, it prophesies the outlandish concept of Americans fighting in a war on foreign soil, whilst having little or no idea of the reasons for the conflict.
Shakespeare is a serious business, so why was there so much laughter in the theatre? It is because director Megan Dansie is not afraid to treat the script with the irreverence it occasionally deserves.
Usually considered the first of Shakespeare’s plays, 'The Two Gentlemen Of Verona' is often thought to be less well crafted, but this doesn't seem the case with this production.
When Megan Dansie directs Shakespeare something special happens. The setting of this piece at the end of WWII gives it depth and a darker side than it previously seemed to show.
Tackling Shakespeare is not for the faint hearted. His comedies are well loved, his tragedies well known and his histories often avoided. Richard III has been grouped with the histories and also classed a tragedy, because it is a little of both. Let’s face it - lots of people die!
What is more important, your life, or your life's work? Writer, Katurian, faces this question in Martin McDonagh's award winning jet black comedy, currently playing at the Little Theatre under the acute direction of Megan Dansie.