Iredynski's The Third Breast Explores Power, Fear 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 Susan JosephRed Velvet
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Iredynski's conceit of three is far from fruitful: three characters are each given an act to dominate a religious commune in an unspecified valley of doubt. Despite a long and awkward dialogue that sets up character and situation, the first act is a primordial set of conflicts among a leader, a devastated woman, and a stranger. The second and third acts should have been combined, and the in vino veritas injection into the truth-spewing of the drunk and remorseful Hitleresque leader should have been dried out so that the real conflicts and results could emerge without shouting. The Mead Theater is so small that it was impossible to leave except at intermissions.
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I had high hopes for this play, but was very disappointed. The production values were low and the lead actor wasn't up to the role. He overacted through most of the play, and for the last scene, spent so much time shouting (in a very small...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“In Ambassador Theater’s_ The Third Breast_ you are transported from an idyllic commune into a militaristic cult. The harrowing journey is the hallmark of thought-provoking theater … The actors who take you on this inexorable journey are top-notch.” —DCMetroTheaterArts
“RUN to see this fascinating, unique play. … From the moment the audience enters the theater, you are being initiated into the Commune that seems to be glowing with colors of a desert sunset.“ — ”Sylvia Daneel":http://www.aticc.org/home/about/what-people-are-saying-about-us
The Third Breast is a captivating look at humankind. A show worth seeing.“—_”DC Theatre Scene":http://dctheatrescene.com/2013/07/23/the-third-breast_