Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hilarious 'Ubu Roi' delights the audience with the absurd.

Byline: Ann L. Ryan For the Journal

"Ubu Roi," UNM's first production of the season in Rodey Theatre, is hard to describe. "MacBeth" produced by Walt Disney on LSD?

That's a place to start this play is so weird and gross so intentionally so that its premiere in Paris in 1896 set off a riot and caused William Butler Yeats to say "After us, the Savage God."

Wow. This play is credited as the first piece of theater of the absurd, as well as being a progenitor of Dada and Surrealism.

It's the story of a completely gross couple: Pa Ubu and his wife, Ma Ubu (Nathan Aylworth and Emily Hermanson, respectively).

Ubu plans to overthrow King Wenceslas of Poland (Aaron Frale) and defeat his troops, led by Captain MacNure (Ed Chavez). …

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