Hungarian director, Gábor Zsámbéki peels the burlesque unnecessities off of Jarry’s Ubu Roi and opens up a massive work of art that has a lot to say to our times. The Hungarian Katona József Theatre, which justly is of international fame, gave a powerful performance that grabbed the audience and did not let anyone be untouched.
Diane Hill, The Times
An important event of the festival is Ubu Roi performed by Budapest’s Katona József Theatre that performed the Three Sisters in the Théatre de l'Europe in 1987. (…) The performance rocks with frenetic, jovial, and trivial energy. It starts hard and raw and that is all well. Ubu Roi was not threaded from lace- it is a simple comedy that cannot be developed or bend in any other direction, because it would become unbearable.
Colette Godard, Le Monde
With the direction of Gábor Zsámbéki, Katona József Theatre stes free an all bold Ubu, but does so in a way, that the performance masterly controls the effects it generates itself. The performance is destructive, obscene, cheeky, incomparably more „Jarry” than any other Ubu we have ever seen.
Emmanuelle Klausner, La Croix
"Le Katona avec éclat" - the Hungarian Company, one of the best of the world, is in Paris again. - The Company of the Katona is with its quality and homogeneity on the top of world standard.
René Solis, La Libération
Jarry’s fans can be happy, this Ubu is a first class mad machinery thrown in a perfectly twisted world. In connection with the production, director Gábor Zsámbéki refers to the „stupidest possible, the bravest, the most oppressive era, the Hungarian fifties…” The scene in which Ubu confers the conspirators was inspired by the resident meetings of the fifties. Back in the day, an overwhelming majority of the janitors collaborated with the police… At the last picture (According to Jarry’s instructions „ Ship, somewhere in the Baltic sea”) I thought of the trade union ship-excursions in which the passengers got drunk almost as soon as they embarked.”
René Solis, La Libération
The production elegantly merges the Brecht-like building with the post-Beckett melancholy- contemporary politics with its destructive after-effects. (…) The Katona is above all a first and world class company.
It's (...) an immense tribute to the professionalism and energy of Budapest's Katona József Company, who opened the season with their brilliant production of Jarry's Ubu Roi, that they (...) knocked their audience in the aisles with a bravura display of political farce (... ) The production works superbly both as entertainment and as thought-provoking political parable.
Joyce McMillian, The Guardian
The stage radiates the director’s elemental imagination and talent. He reads with biting satire under and above the lines of the roles and the situations. In this Ubu-performance we recognize situations from Hamlet and Rabelais’ Gargantua in corners painted by Bosch all this nicely harmonized. (…) Great show that comforts for many other.
Mauro Armino, El Sol
Thanks to the power, professionalism and impressive mimes of the actors of Katona, Ubu is a perfect and truly happy theatric performance in which strictness mixes with acrobatic skills. And if a tiny band evokes Brecht-like atmosphere, that is the never-ending richness of imagination embodied in poorly materials. The magic is as perfect as in a fairy tale, but the grand guignole humour is not missed, the rubber breast of abnormal size that can be glazed with an improbable sunscreen lotion.
Roberto Incerti, La Repubblica
We might call the Hungarian Katona Jozsef Szinhaz’s Ubu Roi performance at III Great Mexico City Festival extremely DEXTEROUS without exaggeration. (…) Each actor who takes part in this direction gives a real performance of professionalism, talent and artistic devotion. From the protagonist to the last „extra” they all ensure success that the performance has achieved in so many different countries.Hugo Hernandez, El sol de Mexico