Robert Menzies, better-known to his constituents as "Pig Iron Bob," was Australia's Prime Minister during WW II and through the early '60s. Menzies came to define the era with his conservatism, his staunch support for a balanced budget and his deeply-held conviction that the "real Australia" was to be found in the strength of its "nameless and unadvertised" citizens, the everyday people who kept the country ticking. In John Doyle's sharp satire The Pig Iron People
, the year is 1996 and that WWII generation is older and settled in the suburbs, but no less solid. Nick, a writer re-starting life after his failed marriage, moves into their neighborhood and soon discovers that these children of Pig-Iron Bob have inner lives, problems and joys that belie the stereotype of the uncaring conservative -- they also might make a good characters in a novel, or perhaps a play. The Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts presents The Pig Iron People
at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (March 29 through 31) in Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University's campus (130 Edgar Road; 314-968-7128). Tickets are $6 to $12.
March 29-31, 2013