is not theatre for the faint-hearted. As staged by director Iain Soder, the audience is required to move around the cavernous Pit in order to take in all the action. It’s fun, stimulating and a little nerve-wracking as actors herd patrons and canon balls fly. The play itself is weird and wonderful. Written in the 19th century by absurdist playwright Jarry, it’s the story of the cruel and cartoonish Ubu’s quest for freedom through slavery. Ubu and his consort Ma Ubu are played by numerous actors who hand off the role in an amusing and complicated relay-like fashion. In fact, the blocking of this production is a miracle to behold, with a complicated ballet of movement taking place on all corners of the stage. Wear your comfy shoes and your old clothes (it’s a dusty, chalky venue) and prepare to be engaged.
Jan 12-15, The Pit, A & A Building, University of King's College, 6350 Coburg Road, 8pm, $5/$7, for reservations 422-6011 ext. 102