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Hugo Weaving playing Arturo Ui is undeniably a genius bit of theatrical alchemy […] With such a talented ensemble cast around him, it almost seems redundant to say that Hugo Weavingdelivers some of his best work in the title role. Yet of course, Weaving is nothing short of remarkable, bringing all of his patented menace and malice into the part, equally paired with his abundant charm and subtlety of performance in making this peach of a role nuanced and outlandish in almost the same ragged breath. […] His characterisation of Ui is spellbinding
Weaving gives a blistering, virtuosic performance as Ui
A thrilling, terrifying production with a superlative performance by Hugo Weaving at its dark core
Hugo Weaving is outstanding as Ui
Hugo Weaving is outstanding as Ui, the heartless mastermind running a protection racket in the city’s vegies market, but who – with the help of a theatre director (an arch Mitchell Butel) – transforms himself into a slick, be-suited master of Orwellian shibboleths.
Weaving dazzles as Ui, charting his evolution from wharfie kingpin to manicured megalomaniac with relish.
Weaving is nothing short of astonishing in the central role.
There’s barely an atom of out place in Williams’ vision for this production, and this is in no small part thanks to the calibre of his cast, helmed by the spectacular Hugo Weaving. […] Weaving’s performance seethes with violence and fury from the off […] Weaving thrums with dangerous physicality — a prowling, volatile, hair-trigger promise echoed in the grimace of gargoyle features. Even as he transforms from hands-on goon to power-wielding autocrat, an undercurrent of brutality remains.
Hugo Weaving’s performance as Arturo Ui exhausts the gamut of emotions, as well as all the superlatives a critic is tempted to use in describing his brilliance. If there is ever perfection in art, Weaving embodies it here. The man is in charge every second, and we are putty in his hands, hopeless and lost in whatever he wishes to impart. His skill is second to none, and his mesmerising charisma is bewildering.