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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 6 2014

The spirit? Very willing. Artistic director Kestutis Nakas took the stage with a whoop at the opening performance of the Bridge's first show, giving an admirable speech about serving our town's Bridgeport community. The flesh, however, is way too weak. Set in present-day Chicago, Nakas's version of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull delivers some amusing anachronisms yet fails overall to supply anything we couldn't get from a decent staging of the original. In fact, it comes across with a good deal less, settling for a reductive approximation of the 1896 tragicomedy. That goes for the staging as well. Production values are poor, and performances aren't much better. Speaking of reductive approximations, Ian Stanley plays the tortured central character as nothing more than an overgrown baby, which renders not just his role but the whole enterprise nonsensical. The Bridge needs to do better by Bridgeport. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$12


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