Review: Mike Bartlett waves red flag with 'Bull'

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) - British culture encompasses a governing body whose members regularly holler insults at one another, so it seems not unreasonable for edgy British playwright Mike Bartlett to transfer that heckling behavior from Parliament to a hideous microcosm of a modern office - darkened by his particular brand of piercing, over-the-top satire.

The American premiere of "Bull: The Bullfight Play," written by Bartlett as a companion piece to last season's off-Broadway hit "Cock", opened Thursday night in a gripping, brutal presentation by Sheffield Theatres, as part of 2013 Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters. Bartlett applies his down-and-dirty, black-humored and trenchant approach to the concept of business employment as survival of the fittest.

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