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Pa Ubu rises to power when he is egged on by his wifeto assassinate Wenceslas, the King of Poland, and to take his crown.
He then grows insanely tyrannical and despotic - killing nobles and taking their lands, giving out money so that people will pay their taxes and not revolt against him, then demanding that taxes should be paid twice over, leaving the people with no money.
In his rise to power, however, he failed to kill Boggerlas, one of King Wenceslas' sons, who fights against him to regain the crown.
He is aided by Captain Macnure, who betrays Pa Ubu, and enlists the Russians to help restore the crown to Boggerlas. The play ends with Pa and Ma Ubu fleeing back to France, their homeland.
fascinated with the possibilities of theatrical space (the theatrical "spectacle")
relatively uninterested in dialogue, story-lines and character development.
draws upon puppet shows and plays performed by marionettes
attempts to create a flat or two-dimensional theater ("an ABSTRACT theater") by using placards to announce the time and location of the dramatic action and to take the place of scenery and on-stage crowds