King Ubu Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 28 2013

The stakes of Alfred Jarry's seminal absurdist play Ubu Roi are lowered considerably in this 90-minute Plagiarists adaptation. The 1896 original traces the adventures of id-fueled Pere Ubu as he cheats, steals, and slaughters his way to the Polish throne; it's a hilarious, chilling condemnation of political leaders, bourgeois manners, and, well, humanity. In this version, Ubu and his miserable, duplicitous wife live in a theater, aware that they must put on a play if the audience of voyeuristic "assholes" is ever going to leave them in peace. So they incompetently stumble through a plot that parallels Jarry's. While director James Dunn squeezes delicious offense from an often ingeniously repugnant script, the show mostly ridicules bad theater, letting humanity off the hook. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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