The tale is a twisted reinterpretation of the scandalous Ubu Roi (1897) by Alfred Jarry - famous for opening and closing on the same night and causing a riot in the theatre. A comment on the excess of our world, and on the inherent selfishness of humankind, particularly those in power. It's a little mind-blowing at the end. I am personally not quite as cynical as the play is in it's final moments. I can't see the world quite in the way that is suggested by the wrap up. What can I say? I'm an idealist. But after the roller coaster of violence and ridiculousness is over, the closing comments are what you'll be talking about with your friends for hours afterwards. Depending on where you sit on the spectrum of political and social belief, I think you will come away from this with a completely different reaction. It's really whether you can see Fatboy in Kim Jong Il or perhaps Rob Ford or your Next-door-Neighbors or even yourself that will tell just how you see the world.
I'd say this is a must-see for those that can handle the language and violence (the violence is all very comical, but for the faint of heart...). If you are an Edmonton theatre aficionado you simply
have no excuse. If you are a drama student at either of the two Universities I would be appalled if you missed it. It's a masterclass. Give yourself permission to laugh, and buckle-up for the ride!
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