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Stupid Fucking Bird

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ACT Theatre Downtown
April 8-May 8 2016

$20-$68

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The question Aaron Posner keeps asking in Stupid Fucking Bird, his adaptation of Chekhov's portrait-of-the-artist-as-a-young-man-type soap opera, The Seagull, is why. WHYYYYYYY? Why do people even produce plays in the 21st century? Why don't we just stop making new stuff and take a few years to consider all the stuff that's already been made? Why are we even in a theater right now watching someone ask these questions? One glib reply is this: Maybe if you stopped talking about yourself all the time, Theater, people would start caring a little more. In a program interview with John Langs, ACT's artistic director, Posner describes "a certain quality of laughter that tell you that people are not just laughing because it's 'haha funny,' but because it's going deeper for them," which he noticed during his play's premiere. I did get a sense of that laughter in the audience, and so my eye-rolling here could largely be a function of my frustration with theater that complains about how nobody takes theater seriously. Clearly, the people who were in the audience do take theater plenty seriously, so maybe their laughter is enough. I may have had more in common with the empty seats. RICH SMITH

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ACT Theatre

700 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101
206-292-7676
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  • April 8-May 8 2016
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