"The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" Opens Tomorrow
From “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas,” everyone loves a gangster movie. “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” is all that and more. The play written, in 1941 by German playwright Bertolt Brecht, is a satirical comedy that parallels the rise of a Chicago gangster with the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930s Germany.
The Michigan Tech Theatre Company will present “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center on the Michigan Tech campus.
Director Josh Loar says “This play is really about the rise of a strongman character who sort of uses intimidation to get where he is.”
Michigan Tech third-year student Noah Kozminski is cast as Ui, in what the actor calls “a somewhat challenging lead role.”
“It was really hard to, I guess, feel out the character because it’s not exactly a relatable character,” Kozminski says. “That was one of the first questions I asked the director, ‘Should this character be relatable at all?’ And the answer was ‘No.’ So it’s been interesting for sure. It is surprisingly fun to be evil.”
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