The Resistible Rise of Herr Helmut Drumpf | The Conspiratorium | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Sarah J. Scanlon

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 5 2016
Price: $10 suggested donation
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With a nod to The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bertolt Brecht's scathing 1941 satire of Hitler's ascent to power, new troupe the Conspirators lampoon the terrifying national circus that loosed Donald Trump upon American democracy. Director Wm. Bullion and his ferocious cast refract Trump's authoritarian fantasies—and the Republican establishment's indifferent efforts to neutralize them—through a vicious, demented commedia dell'arte style reminiscent of Chicago's New Criminals from two decades ago. While it makes for some sobering fun and a few virtuoso turns (Ryan Hake's rendition of Lindsey Graham as a swooning southern belle is a marvel), the show spends two long hours aiming at an easy target already peppered with bull's-eyes. Little is revelatory, but the troupe's incendiary panache is nearly irresistible. —Justin Hayford

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