|Alana Osborn-Lief as Nina|
Diego Buscaglia as Con
For most theater lovers in the Boston area, a visit to a theater in Chelsea necessitates a trip over the Tobin Bridge. Until last week, I had not taken that plunge until Trip Venturella suggested that I come and check out Apollinaire Theatre Company's production of "Stupid F***ing Bird" by Aaron Posner. Mr. Venturella serves as Apollinaire's Director of Development, and on this production was also Choreographer and Stage Manager.
I had no idea what to expect when I made the decison to come to Chelsea and Apollinaire Theatre Company, except for a cutting edge and "edgy" play based on Anton Chekhov's iconic play, "The Seagull." I was blown away. My only regret is that I did not see the show in time to make readers of The White Rhino Report aware that this show was a "Must See." Unfortunately, the play closed last weekend. So, why am I writing a review of a show that has already closed? Good question! Here are my reasons:
- Having discovered a gem in Apollinaire Theatre Company, I want all of the readers of White Rhino Report to put Apollinaire on their radar screens for future productions. Based on what I experienced last week, whatever they produce will be worth seeing, and a trip across the Tobin Bridge will never be a "Bridge too far."
- Everyone involved in this production is worthy of a shout out - even if it is an ex post facto word of appreciation.
- The work of playwright, Aaron Posner, will again be on display in our area, and I want to alert everyone to that opportunity. He is co-directing the upcoming production of "The Tempest" at The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. His co-director is Teller of Penn and Teller fame, so the show promises to be another "Must See" event. The show opens at the A.R.T. on May 11. Several of the performances are already sold out!
Apollinaire Theatre Company Website