Deep Belly Beautiful: A Sinister Fantasy About Art and Love
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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 Felicia
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Hmmm... it's my first 'one star' rate... I don't think the acting was bad at all, but the play... I didn't get it at all and felt there was no direction. I guess I am not married to an artist and I don't know what it means. But now seeing this, I am glad:) The one thing I liked- was a small theater so you felt very intimate with the actors.
Love until you can’t: Lessons on how to love an artist.
Eight deeply flawed characters struggle to achieve a state of grace while caught up in a menacing cycle. Obsessive love challenges morality in theHegira’s world premiere of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Deep Belly Beautiful directed by Danielle A. Drakes at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint.
Painter Luke has been creatively blocked ever since leaving his sculptress wife Anna Lee for art dealer Elyse. On the eve of their sixth wedding anniversary, Anna Lee decides to resurrect her relationship with Luke. The production plays out like a fairy tale, though one decidedly more Brothers’ Grimm than Walt Disney. An unflinching examination of what it is to love an artist, the fiercely iconoclastic protagonist, Anna Lee, propels us into a world sinister, yet alluring, where revenge, addiction and cannibalism are explored.
Drakes says Lawton has conjured a vision, “…where there are no rules, no moral codes. Familial ties and years of devotion do not exempt you from acts of betrayal and violence. Each character is so deeply entrenched in her heartbreak and disappointment; she is blind to the consequences of her actions. No one is spared.”
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