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The UCSC Theater Arts Department: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht

Political satire and allegorical recounts of history come across as nonsense if they are unrelated to the current times. But since the topic of Hitler has been on the tips of many Americans' tongues, especially in conversations regarding the current political situation in the United States, Bertolt Brecht's satirical play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is more than just history.

The UCSC  Theater Arts Department's production of this "silly" masterpiece, directed by Erik Pearson, took on a modern approach to the Chicago-based gangster story, despite essentially sticking to the origin of the satire. From the very start, when the announcer - played by Alyssa Ponce - introduced the audience to all the slimy, sleazy gangsters that would be part of the play, she was wearing jeans and a t-shirt while everybody else was in 1930s dress. As she executed her monologue, I got the notion that while she was introducing us to this mob of unpleasant historical figures, she wa…