Ubu Sings Ubu OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 9, 2014
    Closing:
    April 26, 2014

    Theater: Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement / 466 Grand Street, New York, New York, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    Ubu Sings Ubu is a theatrical mash up of Alfred Jarry’s absurdist satire Ubu Roi and the art punk songs of the cult experimental band Pere Ubu. Starring Tony Torn* and Julie Atlas Muz as Pa and Ma Ubu. Co-directed and choreographed by Dan Safer. Adapted and Co-directed by Tony Torn. Featuring a new version of Jarry's text from a Google Translation of the original French.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ubu Sings Ubu

    Two Schemers, Crossing All Kinds of Boundaries ‘Ubu Sings Ubu’ Adapts ‘Ubu Roi’ With Pere Ubu’s Music

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    April 18, 2014: Fair warning: If feeling a stranger’s bare buttocks pressed into your upper back is more than you’re willing to risk for an evening of theater — if, perhaps, this is exactly the sort of personal-boundary crossing that creeps you out about immersive performance — then you may want to think carefully before deciding to see Ubu Sings Ubu at the Abrons Arts Center. But do consider it. Loud, inspired and more than a little deranged, Ubu Sings Ubu mixes a Google Translate version of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 scatological satire, Ubu Roi, with songs written by the experimental rock band Pere Ubu. And it works. This is Ubu as punk cabaret, dynamic dance numbers and all. The show — smartly directed by Tony Torn, who also adapted the piece, and Dan Safer, who doubles as its choreographer — is presented by Presence Productions in association with Abrons, Verse Theater Manhattan and the Solo Foundation.

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