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 smart political commentary and well-acted character are key to a creative reinterpretation of Brecht's warning
Don't see it if minimalism and honesty about abuses of power are hard to swallow
See it if you love Raul Esparza and John Doyle, you're up for a show that throws our current political climate in your face
Don't see it if on-the-nose or not at all subtle parallels bother you or you don't want a show that makes you concentrate/work for it
See it if you know or wish to explore Brecht (highly political, very intentional theatre). Brilliantly staged and acted. Sadly timely. Has humor.
Don't see it if you just want to pop in and enjoy something. You aren't up for an in-your-face experience. You don't want to think about Hitler.
See it if a strong, invigorating production of Brecht's allegory with a superb cast headed by Esparza - working with a terrific translation.
Don't see it if if you are not a Brecht fan or find political allegories staged in a stark manner not your cuppa tea
See it if you want to see great acting, a very divergent use of the theater's stage and props. See it you're interested in morally corrupt leadership.
Don't see it if you don't want to listen to gangster dialect throughout most of the play. Don't see if you're not interested in morally corrupt leadership.
See it if It's a powerful show that is not at all subtle and makes you reflect on our times. Raul Esparza is excellent, as is the ensemble.
Don't see it if You'd prefer something lighthearted without references to a dark time in history.
See it if A strong central performance and a compelling ensemble telling a relevant story make this worthwhile.
Don't see it if But a muddled, somewhat underwhelming production makes the story hard to follow when it isn't bluntly signposted. Still, I was glad I went.
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 You like good actors even if accents a bit annoying
Don't see it if You're looking for great writing or story. For that see To Kill A Mockingbird, Network or Eve's Song at The Public
See it if you want to experience masterful theatre with fantastic acting, especially in a smaller venue where you can really feel connected.
Don't see it if you don't like being up-close-and-personal with a show (the actors are very close and maintain a lot of eye contact).
See it if you like thought provoking theater w/themes esp.relevant in today's world.Raul E.can do/play ANYTHING!
Don't see it if you prefer to be entertained, but not jolted with political "stuff", and Brecht is too heavy for you
See it if you like Brecht or want to watch an intense and powerful performance by Esparza. The theater is intimate and the whole cast dynamic.
Don't see it if you don't like politically charged plays or want to watch escapist theater. Also requires concentration to fully engage in the performance.
See it if you enjoy fast paced Brecht and are interested in a thought-provoking evening of theater.
Don't see it if you are looking for lighter entertainment, or are disinterested in political theater.
See it if You are European. You're familiar with Brecht. You appreciate satire
Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged directly. You don't want to see the staging of a translated/adapted text
See it if you like challenging, insightful theater. Parable of Hitler's rise is highly relevant. Esparza impressive in lead; strong diverse ensemble.
Don't see it if you need sets, costumes. Seems a bit amateurish, but acting/script redeem.Very slow start, but takes off. Light bulbs glare (hurt my eyes).