Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble)

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the show

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble presents Bertolt Brecht’s savage satire about the rise of a fascist dictator. This version marks the U.S. premiere of Stephen Sharkey's recent translation. More…

It's '30s Chicago, where a crazy but charismatic gangster named Arturo Ui is hellbent on gaining power at all costs. Brecht's farce ultimately turns frighteningly relevant as the playwright uses a wide range of parody and pastiche, from Capone to Shakespeare’s 'Richard III' to Goethe’s 'Faust.' Directed by Obie winner Kevin Confoy.

2h 20m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (3)


Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if Just an average theatre guy from the east village here- pleasantly surprised by this production. Great if you like RADIO shows & gangsters

Don't see it if want broadway like plot and singing, this is much more original.

Confusing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in seeing interpretations of Brecht. A few *good* performances - but that was about it. The live scoring was great!

Don't see it if You want to see (mostly) bad acting in an interpretation of Brecht.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you love provocative history plays

Don't see it if you expect clear drama

November 7th, 2016
"At first, it's moderately amusing making connections between Brecht's characters and plot points and their real-life counterparts, but, all too soon, his tale of corruption...pales before the real story that has been seared into our collective consciousness. We're one step ahead of Brecht, tappi...
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October 23rd, 2016
"The trenchant tale of an underestimated two-bit crook who becomes one of the world's most notorious criminals is brought vividly to life...The best moments of the production occur when things turn surrealistic...Mostly it all works, although there are a couple of distractions. One of these is a ...
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October 24th, 2016
"A misguided concept, muddled execution and a weak central performance make this production a tedious experience...The play is referred to as a spectacle several times but the small stage is cluttered with tables, desks, the organ and the microphones. Director Kevin Confoy hasn’t worked out a sat...
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October 26th, 2016
"Confoy has staged this classic piece with great attention to detail, not only in production, but in the construction of character. He is careful to keep the beat of Brechtian tone and style—naturalism is thrown out the window...An incredibly satisfying examination at the stealthy ways that evil ...
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