Alfred Jarry's avant-garde play Ubu Roi may very well be the first ever piece in the Theatre of the Absurd movement. At its premiere in Paris in 1896, riots (yes, more than one) broke out. Centered on a man who, with his wife and friends, plans to kill the king of Poland, Ubu Roi isn't likely to prompt any riots during the Classical Theatre's run. At least, we don't think so. But it's sure to spark discussion and discourse. Via press materials, director Philip Hays says, ''For a play that's over a century old, it's remarkably chock full of profanity, vulgarity and absurdity, all delivered with a deceptively easy wit.'' He goes on, ''It's simultaneously a child's puppet show and a scathing satire of mankind's potential for ignorance and mediocrity.'' Working on a set riddled with trap doors and hidden entrances, a ten-person cast plays more than 30 characters. Among the actors are Eva LaPorte, Best Director finalist in the 2012 Houston Theater Awards, and Carl Masterson, Best Supporting Actor finalist. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and January 28, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through February 3.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 16. Continues through Feb. 3, 2013