See it if
You'd like an evening of quick-paced purely theatrical storytelling that attempts the difficult double duty of quirky Saki stories plus bio.
Don't see it if
Dry British wit of a certain era's not your thing, or you need an absolutely linear plot or you're not open to the imagination of your youth
Yet one more terrific production to come out of the Edinburgh FestivalFringe, this production is quick-witted & intelligent; its creative, inventive staging filled with unexpected visual & aural delights, brilliantly & smoothly executed by a terrific cast.
It attempts & mostly succeeds as an introduction to Saki & his works, though purists will rightly note that the voice & edge, the hinted danger isn't quite right. A slight pause before the lights dim at the start might have helped the audience settle into that world & language, at least at the Feb 13th performance.
Still, a small complaint. Each member of this great ensemble cast is individually memorable in their many characters, bits & changes, creating a quite distinct other world with ease & a minimum of props & lights.
Paisley is winning & personable as Saki, ultimately quite inspiring in his fine exhortation for each of us to "release your inner ferret, squelch your inner Auntie, live life gloriously to the fullest." Amen.