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  King Ubu at The Greenhouse Theater Center

King Ubu

The Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago

When it premiered in 1896, Alfred Jarry's outrageous parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth was a blast of rude nihilism onto the French theater scene, sticking its tongue out at politics, war and theater orthodoxy. It went on to influence great writers and artists, such as Apollinaire, Artaud and Breton, and led to Surrealism, Dada, the Situationists and even punk rock. Featuring lowbrow humor and ludicrous language, King Ubu points out society's failures and injustices and warns about civilization's susceptibility to subversion and collapse through the gluttonous and brutal character of Papa Ubu, who murders the royal family of an immaterial Poland in order to ascend to the throne. Catch this raucous staging of the frighteningly familiar work at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

Thru - Jul 14, 2017

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $25

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-404-7336

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Chicago Tribune - Not Recommended

"...Like its title character, Organic's "King Ubu" seems to believe that more is more. But as a certain political potentate has learned, saying and doing everything that comes to mind has more drawbacks than pluses in the long run."
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Kerry Reid

Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...It's natural that a contemporary artist could see potential for a satire of our current political personalities in this material, and the Organic Theater Company's new production-"freely adapted" by director Alexander Gelman-coyly tweaks the text with Trumpian references to "bigly," "short-fingered," and so on. But though the eight-person cast display impressive physical and vocal technique in their slapstick clowning and sexual posturing, the show never conveys the anarchic spontaneity that Jarry's subversive humor demands-now more than ever in these dangerous times."
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Albert Williams

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Organic Theater Company's current production of King Ubu is just plain absurd fun. Gelman may have "freely adapted" Jarry's play, but whatever that entailed, it works. So, if you're in the mood for a whole lot a bit of silliness, this production is here to remind you how fun and exciting theater can be."
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August Lysy

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