Already closed | 2h 15m | Gramercy

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater, 2016)

From 18 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense, Resonant

About the show

Lyra Theater updates Bertolt Brecht's 1941 satire about a demagogue coming to power in a democratic state to present-day America. Any resemblance to living persons is entirely coincidental. More…

Days before a major election, a low-level campaign worker opens a mysterious envelope. What he discovers transforms his perspective on power and politics in America. In this volatile moment, this modernized production of 'Arturo Ui' asks what happens when democracy becomes a circus and a nation's imagination runs wild?

2h 15m | Already closed | The Cave (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (18)


Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Intense, Resonant
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Slow, Clever, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Brecht's symbolic use of the stage to comment on politics. Although Ui is supposed to represent Hitler, Trump fits the profile.

Don't see it if you are looking for surprises. This is a really well done but very predictable play. Like going to the opera with less singing.

Dramatizes steep political price to pay in allowing power-hungry thug to rise to lead govt; raul esparza turns in one of the most brilliantly campy performances of the year

See it if Esparza dramatizes, hilariously & chillingly, the steps in the development of a monstrous autocrat

Don't see it if you're not a fan of declamatory, heavily didactic Brechtian allegory/rise of Chicago mob = Nazis

Also It is key that the title to the play given by Brecht suggests that the... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a great parallel to the political environment we live in today

Don't see it if the parallels to Chicago vegetable thugs and Hitler do not resonate with you

Disappointing, Overrated, Intense

See it if Chicago crime in the 1930s intrigues you. Lots of threats carried out, but I prefer Al Capone.

Don't see it if the behavior of an obscure gangster does not interest you

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Rise of Hitler in Brechtian satire set in Chicago vegetable trade; speaks to business community complicity which resonates today

Don't see it if You don’t like Brecht heavy handed explication but this ensemble is terrific and worth the experience

Misinterpreted, misdirected, interminable

See it if you are so committed to Brecht that you can tolerate any misguided production just to see rarely produced plays

Don't see it if you expect any subtlety of interpretation, direction or action. I felt sorry for a clearly very talented cast.

Also If you begin with "enter screaming" you have nowhere to go with a prod... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see how a man rose to power and the people came under his will. Very resonant to the climate now. Actors were all great.

Don't see it if You do not like dictator parodies.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if see it for Raul Esparza and the rest of the company. See it for the satire and the great direction.

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to think or you don't want to see something a little too relevant to our current political situation

Also I am willing to admit that I didn't full get this play, but it made me... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Intense, Great writing

See it if old Brecht political social commentary play relevant today. Raul Esparza intense acting & multi-talented cast playing many roles

Don't see it if Can't follow quick paced intensity of difficult play. Don't like intimate venues & minimal staging typical of CST.

Also Fast paced-play can be hard to follow if unfamiliar with Brecht. Super... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy minimal sets, active dialogue and interesting and complex plot.

Don't see it if You expect elaborate set and costumes. Or if you don't like complicated and quick witted dialogue.

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are in love with anything Brecht.

Don't see it if You dont like long talky plays that seem to go on forever. Minimal staging, confusing dialogue and multiple parts by the actors.

Also Acting was good with what they were given. Writing and directing defin... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if It is so relevant and intelligently done! Fine acting without the necessity for expensive sets. Excellent direction.

Don't see it if If one does not want to see a play with a serious theme which deals with the world today.

Disappointing, Banal, Intense, Relevant

See it if ... you want to see John Doyle go beyond musicals. ... you want to see Raul Esparza, and the entire cast, pour their hearts into their roles

Don't see it if ... you don't need a sledgehammer metaphor hammered evenmorer. (Why the heck did they have to play sound Hitler's speeches at Ui's? Too much

Entertaining, Great acting, Profound

See it if You're a fan of Raul esparza - he's an incredibly talented lead. You appreciate strong ensembles.

Don't see it if You don't like being up close to all the action. You want to see a show where you don't have to think.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

See it if You want to see a play by a classic playwright. You like satire. You like plays that are still relevant in our current political climate.

Don't see it if You want a light comedy. You don’t like plays based on history. You don’t want to see a play about Hitler’s rise to power.

Also While the acting is good, I found some of the actors difficult to unde... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if you are a fan of Bertolt Brecht and enjoy intelligent, well-acted and staged play. Very timely with trumpism, increased hate and violence.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or lighter topics.

Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You like a stullifying Bertold Brecht dated play. You love Brecht and anything he's written. You like Comedia del Arte.

Don't see it if You don't like wordy, wordy plays. You're an impatient person.

Also Trying to compare Trump to the protagonist is a cute idea that does no... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant, Profound, Hilarious

See it if you need some dark comedy regarding American politics this year.

Don't see it if You might be offended at comparing Trump to a dictator.

October 29th, 2016
"The company has inherited the play’s legacy, showing its relevance and making the piece an important theatrical examination of morality. It is a true testament to what theatre-makers can, and should, do...Director Noam Shapiro makes excellent choices to illuminate the complex story. The eight-pe...
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