by Aaron Posner (The Bird Collective). Loosely adapted from Anton Chekov's The Seagull, this comedy looks at unrequited love and emotional misery. Previews from Feb 28, opens Mar 6 and runs to Mar 26, see website for schedule. $20-$40.
Posner's lively reworking of The Seagull adapts it to a more contemporary setting – there are cellphones and F bombs – but all of Chekhov's humour and heartache is present. The cast, headed by Daniel Maslany as a melancholy playwright and Karen Knox as the object of his unrequited love, is terrific, and director Vinetta Strombergs's production makes marvellous use of the large loft-like space to create separate moods for each scene. There's a bit too much unnecessary meta-theatricality, but the boomers vs. millennials theme feels excitingly urgent today.
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