R.U.R. and The Insect Play – Josef and Karel Capek

Rossum’s Universal Robots introduces robots to the world thanks to this play by the Jewish Capek brother’s in the 1920’s who used them as a metaphor for the plight of workers and the threat of communist revolution. Science fiction is often used as social commentary and this play embodies that even if the religious ending dilutes the story’s impact. Meanwhile, The Insect Play is a great idea wherein insects match the idiosyncrasies of the human world in personality, socio-economic rivalries and political savagery. Sadly, this play is too on the nose to be enticing.