In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him?
A dizzyingly intelligent political satire on the (ir)resistibleness of political thuggery, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by German playwright Bertolt Brecht satirizes the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany by dressing it up as “the gangster film” we thought we knew. In Arturo Ui, the metamorphosis of thug-to-politician through corruption, intimidation and all manner of brutality is thinly masked by a Chicago gangland epic wherein the young Arturo Ui stages a violent takeover of the green-grocer trade.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui runs March 17 to April 2, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:30 p.m.