R.U.R. Essay

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In this review of the London debut of Capek's play, the critic finds the dystopian drama to be "an exciting, thrilling play, which everyone will enjoy."

R.U.R. can hardly be better described than by its own subtitle, "A Fantastic Melodrama." Here and there the fact of its projection into the future, its touches of genuine satire, its digressions into speculation, make one mistake it for a play of ideas. Then it seems disappointing, and we perceive the thin places in plot and characterization. Especially did it seem a "let down" to me, for I have had the pleasure of watching some of the rehearsals of Mr. Karel Capek' s other piece, The Insect Play, which Mr. Playfair produces at the Regent on May 5th. Here the satire is vivid, and the humour light and delicate. In fine, it is in comparison with The Insect Play that...

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