1/28/2014 10:40 AM
Terrance Rattigan's farce, 'While the Sun Shines' is entertaining with some novel twists. The actual characters are fun to contemplate, especially the Duke of Ayr and Stirling, and Lieutenant Colbert. The weakness today are the various 1943 contemporary political references, uproariously funny at the time but boggles all but the political scientist. Princess Elizabeth (presently Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister, Margaret Rose, saw it in 1943 and enjoyed it so much that the went home to Buckingham Palace and persuaded their parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to see it as well. The King, of course, laughed heartily because he would have known many of the political references - which caused me to order the play to see what he was laughing at!