Absurdist 19th-Century Comedy Ubu Roi Gets a Modern American Update
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Ubu Roi, considered the earliest example of Theatre of the Absurd, led to riots among shocked and offended spectators when it was first produced in the late 1800s. The satirical show pushed the bounds of decency with vulgar language and an appalling central character who's ugly, obese, dumb, cruel and pompous. Using parodies of plotlines from Shakespeare's Macbeth, Hamlet and Richard III, the story of Ubu Roi takes the unlikely hero Ubu on adventures of ignorant ambition and greed. This modern reimagining of Ubu Roi features a wealthy American couple who play out their fantasies of wealth and power to excess, conjuring up the spectacular falls from grace of many a contemporary political leader corrupted by power, from Eliot Spitzer to Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
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By Alfred Jarry
In a New Translation by Rob Melrose
Directed by Yury Urnov