King Ubu | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 28 2013
Price: $20
The stakes of Alfred Jarry's seminal absurdist play Ubu Roi are lowered considerably in this 90-minute Plagiarists adaptation. The 1896 original traces the adventures of id-fueled Pere Ubu as he cheats, steals, and slaughters his way to the Polish throne; it's a hilarious, chilling condemnation of political leaders, bourgeois manners, and, well, humanity. In this version, Ubu and his miserable, duplicitous wife live in a theater, aware that they must put on a play if the audience of voyeuristic "assholes" is ever going to leave them in peace. So they incompetently stumble through a plot that parallels Jarry's. While director James Dunn squeezes delicious offense from an often ingeniously repugnant script, the show mostly ridicules bad theater, letting humanity off the hook. —Justin Hayford



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