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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Described by Brecht as 'a gangster play that would recall certain events familiar to us all', Arturo Ui is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a fictional, small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade in the 1930s. The satirical allegory combines Brecht's Epic style of theatre with black comedy and overt didacticism. Using a wide range of parody and pastiche - from Al Capone to Shakespeare's Richard III and Goethe's Faust - Brecht's compelling parable continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today. Written during the Second World War in 1941, the play was one of the Berliner Ensemble's most outstanding box-office successes in 1959, and has continued to attract a succession of major actors, including Leonard Rossiter, Christopher Plummer, Antony Sher and Al Pacino. This version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is by Canadian theatre academic Jennifer Wise.
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This scathing satire and parable transposes the rise of Hitler to gangland Chicago and continues to have relevance wherever totalitarianism appears today.

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. Jennifer Wise is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her books include Dionysus Writes: The Invention of Theatre in Ancient Greece, The Broadview Anthology of Drama (as co-editor) and Hudson's Bay Journals (as illustrator). Her essays are published in such venues as Theater der Zeit Recherchen, Reader's Digest, Theatre Survey and Arethusa.


The American gangster movie meets Richard III * Guardian *

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