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Cody Proctor, Stacy Stoltz, Norm Woodel, Nate Whelden, Matt Fletcher, and Katy Carolina Collins

Cody Proctor, Stacy Stoltz, Norm Woodel, Nate Whelden, Matt Fletcher, and Katy Carolina Collins

Jonathan L. Green

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2015
Price: $49
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It's too coy by half for playwright Aaron Posner to call his cheeky 2013 play "sort of adapted" from Chekhov's The Seagull; its power and persuasiveness come precisely from Posner’s insightful fidelity to the original. He borrows Chekhov’s characters and plotlines, adding some keen updates and occasionally excessive metatheatricality (group renditions of pop songs merely reiterate what’s already obvious). But no matter the number of topical rants or F-bombs—far fewer than Mamet, actually—the heartbreaking hollowness of life’s perpetual disappointments echoes as deeply here as it did in 1896. Jonathan L. Green directs this commercial remount of Sideshow Theatre’s 2014 hit with grace, agility, and exacting impudence. Perhaps fittingly, neither Posner nor Green delivers a satisfying conclusion—another of life's disappointments. Justin Hayford

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