Stupid Fucking Bird
The catchy and provocative title certainly caught my attention. And to my enjoyment, the play delivered a complex, amusing and sometimes depressing tale about art, love and relationships.
Stupid Fucking Bird, written by Aaron Posner is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. A portrait of old Anton sits on the wall throughout the production, casting a watchful eye over this contemporary version of his nineteenth-century classic. I presume Director Warwick Dodrell has done this as a mark of respect to the Russian storyteller. It’s a nice touch and a salute to his role in inspiring this play.
The plot involves interwoven love lines between diverse characters which could rival a Bold and Beautiful episode. Conrad (Mansoor Nour) is a passionate young playwright eager to impress his successful actress mother Emma (Kaitlyn Thor). Conrad is blindingly in love with Nina (Megan Smart) who in turn, has become smitten with Trigorin (Gil Balfas), the renowned playwright and toyboy of Emma. And then there is Dev (Lloyd Allison-Young), Con’s friend and dreamer who is trying to win the heart of Mash (Annie Stafford), whose feelings are all towards Con. To balance all this is Eugene (Brendan Miles), Emma’s doctor husband who questions the purpose of his own life.
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