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Ubu Roi

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An outrageous portrait of a grandiose tyrant and his voracious ways from the international theatre company Cheek by Jowl, presented as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. More…

King Ubu is a scheming and murderous yet ridiculous potentate who has inspired parodies of politicians and dictators from Joseph Stalin to Idi Amin. This production by UK's Cheek By Jowl, is set at a posh dinner party in the home of a couple and their disaffected son, who watches the world through the lens of his video camera. The images he captures are streamed and projected live as banal dinner chit-chat erupts into comic absurdity and reality and fantasy intertwine. Performed in French with English supertitles.


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July 23rd, 2015
"It’s impossible not to be transfixed by the raging force of its energy...What makes this 'Ubu Roi' more than a clever riff on a period piece is its sense of the raw, ravening anger in the boy’s satirical vision. The show’s penultimate scene hits you like a blast of dirty, icy water. It’s an all-...
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July 23rd, 2015
"'Make no mistake: It’s a punk play...The problem is Jarry’s nihilistic masterwork is completely gonzo, with made-up words, grotesque characters and outlandish plot developments that make it hard to stage. Luckily, Donnellan found a great way around that...There’s a thin line between order and ch...
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July 23rd, 2015
"Amusing, slightly exhausting production...But Donnellan, who is one of the most inventive directors alive, and his designer, Nick Ormerod, rescue the evening from glibness by visually and verbally switching the point of view."
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July 20th, 2015
"“School-boy humour” tends to get a bad press. But where would theatre be without it? As a golden opportunity arises to watch Cheek by Jowl’s acclaimed production of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi – seize it! – it feels only right to bow and scrape a bit before Jarry’s seminal act of juvenile disrespect."
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