Body Awareness, the Touching Off-Broadway Comedy
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Learn More
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Featured review from Helen
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This is a play that explores a number of serious themes deftly and with humor. What have women achieved, after 40+ years since the "women's lib" movement started, in terms of their acceptance and comfort with their bodies? What have they been able to solidify in their ability to express their gender preferences and do those work in more constructive ways than the old ones? What are the utility of psychiatric label and what do they do to those who are diagnosed? What constitutes pornography?
And able cast, excellent pacing and fluid staging make it come alive.
Quotes & Highlights
“An engaging new comedy by a young playwright with a probing, understated voice.” —New York Times
Written by Annie Baker
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
Featuring Michael Kramer, Susan Lynskey, Adi Stein and MaryBeth Wise
September 7, 3:00pm: *Join GLOE and Theater J for a casual post-show salon to discuss_ Body Awareness_ over wine and light refreshments. All are invited to come and share their thoughts in this moderated discussion on everything from blended families, to the “f” word (feminism) in pop culture, to whether it matters who is doing the looking in images of women’s bodies.