The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater, 2016)
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater, 2016)
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Lyra Theater, 2016) NYC Reviews and Tickets

70%
(18 Ratings)
Positive
78%
Mixed
5%
Negative
17%
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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (18)

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130 Reviews | 41 Followers
90
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.

239 Reviews | 46 Followers
89
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.

261 Reviews | 70 Followers
80
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

88 Reviews | 6 Followers
80
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.

85 Reviews | 21 Followers
78
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. Read more

133 Reviews | 35 Followers
77
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.

773 Reviews | 331 Followers
77
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 Read more

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
76
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.

Critic Reviews (1)

Theatre is Easy
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-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."
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