April 18, 2014

Fair warning: If feeling a stranger’s bare buttocks pressed into your upper back is more than you’re willing to risk for an evening of theater — if, perhaps, this is exactly the sort of personal-boundary crossing that creeps you out about immersive performance — then you may want to think carefully before deciding to see Ubu Sings Ubu at the Abrons Arts Center. But do consider it. Loud, inspired and more than a little deranged, Ubu Sings Ubu mixes a Google Translate version of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 scatological satire, Ubu Roi, with songs written by the experimental rock band Pere Ubu. And it works. This is Ubu as punk cabaret, dynamic dance numbers and all. The show — smartly directed by Tony Torn, who also adapted the piece, and Dan Safer, who doubles as its choreographer — is presented by Presence Productions in association with Abrons, Verse Theater Manhattan and the Solo Foundation.