Rude Awakening

Ubu Roi (which basically translates as "King Turd") is one of the weirdest, grossest, funniest French plays of all the famously weird, gross, funny French plays. (Which is a lot, because France's playwrights were especially active in the vanguards of Dada, absurdist, and surrealist drama.)

Showing what happens to people when they get into positions of power, Ubu eats everything, curses like a sailor, and behaves abominably. Obviously, the script speaks universal truth and has inspired many adaptations -- recently, Fatboy, by John Clancy, co-founder of the New York International Fringe Festival. Clancy's version, in production at ASU Theatre Mainstage through Sunday, February 9, is chock-full of sex, violence, post-9/11 political lunacy, and other things you'd rather not have to explain to the kids.

Though Ubu Roi's disrespectful disgustingness inspired riots, present-day conservatives are occupied with other stuff, so you can attend Fatboy without incident.

Fri., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 3, 2 p.m.; Feb. 7-9, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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