Ubu Roi OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 22, 2015
    Closing:
    July 26, 2015

    Theater: Gerald W. Lynch / 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019

    Synopsis: 

    Director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod made their triumphant Lincoln Center Festival debut in 2009 with the critically acclaimed, sold-out run of performances of "Boris Godunov," created for the Chekhov International Theatre Festival. They return with their company Cheek by Jowl to bring an ingeniously re-imagined version of Alfred Jarry’s absurdist play "Ubu Roi."

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ubu Roi

    ‘Ubu Roi,’ Mom and Dad’s Party of Grown-Up Grotesques

    Ben Brantley

    July 23, 2015: Vive l’adolescence! The spirit of rancorous rebellion that rumbles within every teenager is storming the bourgeois barricades in Cheek by Jowl’s inspired rethinking of Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi,” the satirical drama that once rattled Paris to its foundations, which runs through Sunday at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Though this flamboyantly vicious play first opened in the late 19th century, contemporary parents will find much to disturb them in its portrait of a murderous Macbeth-like monarch and his fiendish queen. Not that Mom and Dad are likely to identify directly with these filthy (rich and otherwise) royals. But they may well suspect, with a shudder, that what they’re seeing onstage is more or less what their high-school-age sons and daughters see when they look upon their doting parents. Like many visions born of disgust and hormones run riot, this one is a horror to behold. Yet it’s impossible not to be transfixed by the raging force of its energy.

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