Some local theater companies take great pride in the audacious, groundbreaking new theatrical experiments they produce, and rightly so. At ACT Inc., by contrast, the point of pride is in dusting off neglected gems from an earlier era and giving them respectful and sincere treatment and high production values. And in a hot St. Louis summer, it can be greatly refreshing to sit back and resonate with what our grandparents took for their light entertainment. And so, ladies and gentlemen, I give you ACT Inc’s production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s The Royal Family.
The comedies of Tom Stoppard have always been quirky and imaginative, intellectually stimulating but readily accessible, and wide-ranging in content. In the case of Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, a pair of one-act plays that comprise a single statement, all of these traits are in evidence, and the timely political relevance of the selection is a bonus.