Yes, Prime Minister (stage play at Apollo Theatre in London)

Yes, Prime Minister was the fourth play I've seen in London this past week, and the only comedy. I knew nothing of the play except that it was based on a 1980s BBC sitcom of the same name.

If it's BBC, and comedy, chances are that it's worth your time.

It was quite good, and controversial. Near the end of the first act, as the Prime Minister of London is trying to save all of Europe from its financial crisis, it becomes clear that doing so may require securing the services of a child prostitute for a visiting dignitary from an oil-rich Arab country.

As they discuss the well-being of one girl versus the well-being of all of Europe and Great Britain, they are terrified that their dilemma will leak to the press. Obviously they can't write memos using words like child prostitute, so they decide to refer to any potential incident as a Eurojob.

The play also touches upon illegal immigration.

Despite the serious subjects, the play never feels heavy or overbearing. Everything is done with levity, and laughter, and the acting, with one exception, was incredible. The guy who played the foreign assistant, the assistant to the visiting Arab dignitary, was terrible. It felt like the cultural equivalent of performing in blackface. It felt like an insincere effort to play a foreigner. It was simply terrible. But fortunately his role is small enough to overlook it.

The Appolo Theatre was really cool, especially its 110-year-old facade.