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 love Brecht. You want to see great interpretation of the gangster character by a wonderful actor. If you need a reminder to vote...
Don't see it if you can't sit through a play that doesn't have fancy set and that is ultimately not there to entertain you but rather to educate.
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 love language. Bertolt Brecht sets a play about gangsters in Chicago. Great direction by John Doyle and immersive performances by cast.
Don't see it if You prefer contemporary dialogue. The text is reminiscent of Shakespeare. It requires concentration and an ear for the lyrical and ironic
See it if Nice performances, interesting overall aesthetic. Raul is great as always.
Don't see it if I felt like I was being talked at, rather than acted to. It is a very wordy play that wasn't always clear with its intentions.
See it if you are a fan of Raul Esparza (if you're not, you should be) and you enjoy Brechtian non-realist productions.
Don't see it if you have no patience for Brechtian techniques of distancing/estrangement or resent revivals that make connections to contemporary events.
See it if The #1 reason to see this show is Raul Esparza as Ui. He handles the text as if it were a razor-blade/butterfly. Thrilling!
Don't see it if A slightly heavy handed (Trump inflected), bare-bones rendition of Brecht's satire on Hitler sounds like hard work. But see it for Esparza!
See it if You love plays - like, LOVE plays, and want to see one that will challenge you; you appreciate sincerely ambitious revivals of the classics
Don't see it if You don't like dry, talky drama, or have trouble following their plots (my companion for the night, not a theater person, was a little lost)
See it if Highly relevant parable for the rise of Hitler that takes a lot of focus to fully understand.
Don't see it if You like to escape while going to theater or can't stand bare sets. I did feel there was something missing and could've had a bigger effect.
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.