Saint Louis University 1990-1991 Theater SeasonMan of La Mancha | The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui | The Conference of the Birds | The Foreigner
Man of La Mancha
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
"Ui is a parable play, written with the aim of destroying a dangerous respect commonly felt for great killers...Plain everyday logic must never let itself be overawed once it goes strolling among the centuries; whatever applies to small situations must be made to apply to big ones too. The petty rogue whom the rulers permit to become a rogue on the grand scale can occupy a special position in roguery, but not in our attitude to history...If the collapse of Hitler's enterprises is no evidence that he was a halfwit, neither is their scope any guarantee that he was great man."
The Conference of the Birds
After a sold out premier at the Milwaukee Rep, this hilarious comedy moved to New York where it was the winner of two Obie awards and Outer Circle Critics awards including that for Best New American Play. It is the story of a group of devious characters who must deal with a stranger who (they think) speaks no English. The fact that he understands all the overheard conversation and plotting fuels the non-stop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys", letting the "good guys" emerge triumphant.