Long Beach’s Garage Theatre is launching a season of “resistance.”Its four-play season starts on March 31 with the dark comedy “Stupid …Bird,” whose profane middle word of the title cannot be printed here.The play, written by Aaron Posner, is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1895 classic “The Seagull.” It runs at the black box theater through April 29.In Posner’s imaginative and somewhat anarchic version, the action is centered in 21st century America and revolves around an aspiring playwright named Con who wants to create a new form of theater while questioning the meaning and need of the art form.
“It certainly has comedic elements, but it’s also profound as well,” said longtime company member Paul Knox, who portrays Trig. “It kind of hits all the notes.” Besides liking the boldness of the title, director Matthew Anderson said he was drawn to the piece by all the deep questions it raises about love, life, the purpose of theater and about the need to create. “And what it all comes down to is love and passion and why people do anything.” “What is so compelling about it is that it is so digestible, and it deals with real feelings and real struggles we all have,” Anderson said.
1, the company presents the premiere of David Finnigan’s satirical play “Kill Climate Deniers.” And since the play looks at the resistance of theater as an art form when it’s categorized as irrelevant, the play also sets the right tone for the season.“All of our plays that we’re doing this year have some sort of resistance theme,” Anderson said.The company will follow “Stupid … Bird” with “The Balcony,” which opens June 23.Anderson describes this play as a tale about the power of sex, money and those who hold that power.Then on Sept.
Seventh St., Long Beach.Tickets: $15-$20.Information: www.thegaragetheatre.org 8 p.m. March 31. When: Opens 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through April 29.Where: Garage Theatre, 251 E.
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He wants to make art but doesn’t quite get it right.” But things become more complicated as it’s revealed that everyone in the house is in love with someone else in the group, and they all end up questioning relationships, the idea of love and the need for art. “He doesn’t know how to focus his art and his feelings. “If you ever wanted to make art in your life, you’re going to relate to this guy,” said actor Joey Millin, referring to his character, Con. She’s a famous actress named Emma who has gathered a collection of friends, family members and her boyfriend, the famous writer Trig, at her house to see a play. He’s not only out to rebel against old ideas but also against his mother.