Reviewed by Terence Boyle
There is no doubt that ‘Arms and the Man’ is one of Shaw’s finest comedies. The one liners and farcical situations make this drama a treat for any theatre goer. City Lit. has certainly started its season with a lion of a play. Director, Brian Pastor, brings to the audience a ferocious comic work that is equally matched by an incredibly talented cast. Shaw’s play, which takes to task the folly of war, is a delight to see. His disregard for the nobility of warfare is presented to us with outrageous levity. The satirical nature of ‘Arms and the Man’ is magnificently captured by the actors who never fail to charm the audience.
City Lit’s production of this work is flawless. The comic timing of the cast is superb. Through their attention to detail, Shaw’s caricatures come to life in hilariously funny scenarios. In a tempestuous time of political upheaval and conflict, Shaw’s play provides us with comic relief. In this play, the seriousness of war is stripped of its earnestness and war mongering rhetoric in order to see how foolish violence really is.