Bertolt Brecht’s skewering of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism is given a new production directed by John Doyle ("The Color Purple") for Classic Stage Company. More…
In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him? Written in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble’s greatest box office successes.
See it if You are a fan of Brecht or Esparza. A very complex fast paced wordgame. See it if you like wordplay and accents.
Don't see it if If you are looking for an easy to follow piece. It is all over the place.
See it if you like Bertolt Brecht plays no matter how poorly they are done.
Don't see it if you want to see a well directed play. Director John Doyle did needlessly bizarre & confusing things that made the play difficult to follow.
See it if you want to see the similarities between 1930s Nazi Germany and the gangster cities of Chicago and Cicero.
Don't see it if you are disappointed by a play with too much symbolism, loudness and confusing dialogue.
See it if you like the writing of Bertolt Brecht and you want to see a play that parallels the rise of Hitler with Chicago corruption.
Don't see it if you want a play with a well defined plot, less symbolism and more action.
See it if you love Bertolt Brecht and you just don't get to see much by him in NYC.
Don't see it if you are not interested in a stilted translation and performances. It was a little hard to endure.
See it if Generally well acted, and a surprising characterization by an offbeat star role in Raul Esparza.
Don't see it if Too often it's just a flight of words that you lose the specific knowledge of what's going on. Thematically yes, specifically, no. Pass.
See it if you are a fan of Bertolt Brecht or Raul Esparza and enjoy intimate theater were actors play multiple characters with minimal costume changes
Don't see it if you want a clear story that you can follow, or a performance that tries to parallel the current political environment.
See it if Important, thought-provoking themes. Great acting. Interesting and relevant. The announcers' notes on the actual facts throughout helped
Don't see it if Confusing. Actors playing too many parts without a costume change to denote it. Could be condensed and some parts cut.
See it if Great acting from Esparza & cast. Important show that is still very relevant today.
Don't see it if Would have been better as 90min. By the time the story picks up in act2 I began to lose interest. A shame b/c there is some great material.
See it if See it if You like Raul Esparza who gives a powerful performance. Good to see if you want to see a Brecht play.
Don't see it if Don't see it if You want scenery (John Doyle’s typical sparse set). Uneven acting. Feels amateurish. Strange staging, very harsh lighting.
See it if You are a big Raúl Esparza fan; if you love Brecht no matter what; if you like allegories
Don't see it if If you like allegories w/ subtlety; if you hate John Doyle's work; if you don't want to see Nazi symbols & gestures performed repeatedly
See it if Everyone should, as the topic (evolution of a thug to a totalitarian leader) is so pertinent however hard to watch. Shakespeare buffs too.
Don't see it if You want light entertainment. Can't handle some heaviness that build to a strong ending. Shakespearean-influenced prose is not for you.
See it if you enjoy Raul Esparza. He is in your face and creating a strong perfomance
Don't see it if you need a faster story - transitions. Don't want to sit through yet another politically mined show.
See it if you enjoy political plays or want to see an amazing performance by Raul Esparza
Don't see it if you're looking for a light entertainment or if you're bothered by theatre that parallels the current political climate
See it if you like brecht-style writing, you enjoy political plays, you like intimate sets and staging
Don't see it if you want a cohesive and clear story that you can follow, you like characters you can connect to
See it if you like Brecht and/or Raúl Esparza, you appreciate a takedown of fascism that doesn't shy away from the nefarious complicity of capitalism
Don't see it if honestly kinda boring but intelligent and ultimately probably worth your time if you can swing for the tickets.
See it if you are desperate to see this Brecht play, regardless of the quality. poorly acted, TERRIBLY directed. Lifeless. Total lack of danger.
Don't see it if you are hoping for a quality evening of theater. Classic Stage, despite their reputation, disappoints again.