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 want to see an insightful and timely piece that features a powerhouse performance from Esparza and some great ensemble performances.
Don't see it if You honestly, and you're allowed to feel this way, feel over saturated with art dealing the rise of fascism. You do you.
See it if You want to see a parody of German history. You want to see how people can be manipulated and how fear can motivate people. Relevant to now
Don't see it if You do not like political satire. You do not like modern spoofs of history.
See it if You want to see a play written about Hitler that draws parallels (not subtly) to our current political climate.
Don't see it if You're looking for an escape from said political climate. Or if you're not a fan of Brecht or Doyle and his minimalist style.
See it if you are a Raul Esparza fan and minimalist staging & costumes appeal to you
Don't see it if you haven't read the book as it is super confusing and frankly, not very enjoyable until the last ten or so minutes
See it if You like Brecht...Great script but the staging sometimes did not work for me...Some great acting from Raul Esparza and George Abud.
Don't see it if You want a straight forward play...lot's of symbolism and allegories going on...You have to listen carefully and read between the lines...
See it if Esparza and entire cast thrill in Brecht’s political satire. CSC continues to challenge their audience.
Don't see it if Although the subject didn’t appeal to me, the delivery and Doyle’s direction definitely kept me engaged.
See it if you're willing to overlook some unclear staging of gangland machinations to hear Brecht's savage indictment of political acquiescence
Don't see it if you're unwilling have your patience taxed by a play that is alternately tedious and entertaining--due as much to script as to production
See it if For interesting intense thought provoking relevant play. For Raul Esparza's intense over the top acting supported by equally strong cast.
Don't see it if Don't like CST sparse staging & intimate theater. Can't follow dense plays- prefer light musical entertainment, elaborate sets & costumes
See it if you love Brecht, John Doyle's signature style, relevant political work, or Raul Esparza.
Don't see it if you have difficulty with Brechtian theatre, you want escapist entertainment, or Doyle drags you down.
See it if There's no difference btwn a thug & an unprincipled politician when creating a need for unwanted protection. Raul enlivens the monster-bully
Don't see it if Didactic theater of ideas has U chasing an early exit. My row left. It's a well-observed analysis & satire of tyranny that remains prescient
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 If you like political theater, satire, are a fan of Brecht, want to be challenged and engaged while attending a play.
Don't see it if If you do not like theater dealing with political themes, Nazi/Hitler historical references.
See it if Intelligent performance of Brecht at his most "capitalism=fascism" moment. The acting, most of all, succeeds at being Brechtian.
Don't see it if Script is convoluted and talkier than it need be. You won't fall asleep, but you'll likely lose interest in a few moments of the text.
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 Raul Esparza performance alone is reason enough to see this. I'm not sure I can easily think of a more impressive one that I've seen recentl
Don't see it if The play itself isn't Brecht's strongest, obviously.
See it if you're a Raúl Esparza fan, you like any of the actors listed, or like minimal set, prop, and costume design (this is John Doyle after all)
Don't see it if you want a less complicated story, you don't like actors playing multiple characters, or don't like history, politics, or Nazi imagery
See it if If you’ve heard the term Brechtian and didn’t know what it means see this play. Written in 1941 it’s a chilling look at modern politics. Wow
Don't see it if You crave escapism entertainment. If you fear acting that doesn’t do all the work for you. If you want to think about the experience later.