Stupid Fucking Bird | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2014
Price: $20-$25
This update of The Seagull announces itself at the very start, when Katy Carolina Collins, playing Masha (she who wears black because she's in mourning for her life), breaks the fourth wall with a mopey-cute love song picked out on a ukulele. Playwright Aaron Posner and Sideshow Theatre Company take an anachronistic, ostentatiously metatheatrical approach to Chekhov's 1896 black comedy about moneyed artsy types who go looking for love in precisely the wrong places. The conceit can get infuriatingly coy, as when Nate Wheldon's Conrad (Constantin in the original) puts the audience through the empty and condescending exercise of asking us how he can get his longtime crush, Nina, to love him. But director Jonathan L. Green and cast deliver an engaging show despite the choose-your-own-adventure gimmickry, by means of a strong ensemble performance. Though Collins's Masha is especially vivid, as are Nina O'Keefe's Nina and Norm Woodel in the role of aging Uncle Sorn, everyone onstage weaves beautifully, painfully into everyone else. —Tony Adler

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