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Ubu the King brings Alfred Jarry’s seminal satire to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, the loveable a**hole Pa Ubu murders, lies, and farts his way up to the Polish throne – and back down again. With over 70 meticulously realized puppets, Rough House’s Ubu is ridiculous, heartbreaking, and spectacular.
RECOMMENDED -Chicago Reader
“[Alfred] Jarry himself performed a version of it with marionettes, but I think he’d have been more impressed with this bunraku-esque treatment from Rough House Theater. Cunning and Hilarious.””
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -Chicago Stage Standard
“4 stars out 4! A magnificent and moving retelling of this story. A fast moving, entertaining yet sobering and provocative evening. Don’t miss this show.”
RECOMMENDED -Newcity Stage
“‘Ubu’ may have found the perfect medium. The cast of five puppeteers stay on the tips of their fingers and the tops of their games.”
Performed by: David Gordezky, Eliza Rose Fichter, Claire Saxe*, Sarah Stockdale, and Nick Strauss
Crew: Adapted and Directed by Mike Oleon*, with Shelley Geiszler in collaboration with the Rough House ensemble; Grace Needlman (Lead Puppet Design & Construction), Kathryn Shivak (Puppet Construction), Will Rudolph* (Lighting & Set Design and Construction), Maddy Low (Costume Design) Niki Dreistadt (Puppetry Assistant), Nicole Neinow (Puppetry Assistant), Sean Hughes (Music) Claire Saxe* (Dramaturg & Production Assistant), Fletcher Pierson (Stage Management/Assistant Director)
Photo Credit Joe Mazza