Theater & Performing Arts

Ubu for President

When: Saturdays, Sundays, 4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 14 2008

An absurd and scatological send-up of Macbeth and everything society holds dear, Alfred Jarry's gleefully offensive 1896 play UbuRoi (which gave rock band PereUbu its name) tells the story of a stupid, boorish, greedy, craven, and bloodthirsty person utterly without redeeming qualities who becomes ruler of the land through devious means. Hard as it is to imagine that anyone could find modern resonances in something like that (ahem), Impact Theatre Company founder Josh Costello -- now a director at Marin Theatre Company -- has adapted the play to the 2008 presidential election as Ubu for President, a Shotgun Players production helmed by artistic director Patrick Dooley. August 2 through September 14 at JohnHinkelPark (2 Southampton Ave., Berkeley) or 510-841-6500.

Sam Hurwitt


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