(Steven McElroy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 8/26; via Pam Green.)
“Life According to Saki,” an ensemble-driven play set in the trenches of World War I, is the winner of the annual Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, to be announced in Edinburgh on Friday.
The award, presented each year to one outstanding theater production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, comes with a valuable prize: A production in New York next winter. “Life According to Saki” will be presented Feb. 9 to March 5 at New York Theater Workshop’s Fourth Street Theater.
The show, inspired by Saki’s short stories and written by the children’s book author Katherine Rundell (who also likes to do some tightrope walking in her spare time) imagines Saki reminiscing about his life and entertaining his fellow soldiers by recounting some of his previously published work. (Saki, born Hector Hugh Munro, died in the trenches in 1916.)