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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater)

Members say: Slow, Resonant, Indulgent, Clever, Excruciating

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.

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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?

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Theatre is Easy

"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-person ensemble portrays over forty characters with astonishing clarity...It is superbly original and immediate, and exactly the right way to tackle the societal issues we all face today." Full Review

Clever, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow

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.

Indulgent, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow

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.

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Intelligent, Profound, Refreshing, Relevant, 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.