Season 8 Draws to a Close with Aaron Posner’s sort of adaptation of The Seagull.
What’s with the title of our next production? Well, as Charles Isherwood in the NYTimes says, “The expletive smack in the middle of the title of Aaron Posner’s “sort of” adaptation of The Seagull is not there for decoration, or even provocation. It is wholly emblematic of Mr. Posner’s raw, theatrically audacious version of this Chekhov classic.”
Posner brings together an established actress, her aspiring playwright son, his girlfriend (an aspiring actress on her own), and the mother’s lover (a well-respected writer), in a clash of young and old, past and present, with everyone in search of the true meaning of it all. As the Washington Post says, it’s “a funny, moving slugfest, a ripe mashup of mock and awe…sometimes it blows Chekhov up, and sometimes the play explodes with a genuinely Chekhovian release of emotion. The show is smart enough to have it both ways: It mines The Seagull for classical heft even while giving it the bird.”
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