The production is a play-within-a-play, in which actors play actors and stage crew who are stuck in one of the most woebegone plays ever--the fictional and aptly titled Nothing On. It doesn't help that the cast members (the fictional ones in the fictional play--confused yet?) come with their own colorful, questionable and altogether unimpressive resumes. The result is a tribute to comedic timing and all-around silliness.
So you've got one aristocratic French hypochondriac with a money-grubbing second wife, two head-strong daughters, a pile of suitors and a bunch of opportunists who are more than willing to take advantage of said rich hypochondriac. What could you possibly add to put it over the top? Why, 1960s French pop music and New Wave culture, of course.
The play is not commonly seen on the modern stage, yet it has all the elements that have made Shakespeare's works so omnipresent.
Here's how it breaks down: A king convinces himself that his wife and his best friend (a king from a neighboring land) are having an affair and that the child his wife is pregnant with is not his own. Cue the murder plot, the fleeing into the woods, the imprisonment and a whole lot of ill will and, of course, quite a few untimely deaths.