The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, written by Bertolt Brecht in 1941, is a satirical look at a small-time thug who, with his henchmen, comes from New York to Chicago to take over the Cauliflower business by offering, for a price, “protection” to small groceries.
It is an allegory of Hitler’s rise to power, with characters and events having a direct parallel. It isn’t what you might expect of a 1930s Chicago gangster play. This is done for laughs, with over-the-top vaudeville acting, singing, dancing, and stage antics that keep it moving at a frantic, funny pace.
Directed by Patricia Feld and starring (in alphabetical order): Krini Alampi, Greg Anselmo, Nathan Bergstedt, Tom Boland, Bryan Boone, Greta Drewlow, Laura Gillman, Kristi Gustafson, John Hanson, Audrey Johnson, Abe Klamm, Dakotah Klamm, Jack Nachbar, Mike Raymond, Megan Reedstrom, Victor Romanik, Aaron Saude, and Archie Wass.
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$15 for adults, $5 for students.
Available at the Gift Nest, the Timber Rose, online, and at the door.
Thanks to Arvig and JK Mechanical for helping underwrite this performance.