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The Green Bird

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1835 14th Street, NW Washington

Inspired by the liveliness of commedia dell’arte, this fantasia includes a lovesick king, a greedy fortuneteller, an insatiable sausage-maker, a seductive statue and a magical green bird. The vibrant world combines philosophical ideas about truth, love, sacrifice and compassion with inventive physical comedy and Tom Teasley’s sensational live music.

Presented by Constellation Theatre

Thru - Jun 4, 2011



Price: $20-$30

Running Time: 2 hrs, 30 minutes with 1 intermissi

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  Review Round-Up

Washington Post - Highly Recommended

"...Outlandish though it often is, Gozzi’s yarn has a moral and political dimension. Largely driven by greed, pride and hardheartedness (“Poetry is its own reward, but so is money!” the conniving versifier Brighella — portrayed by Graham Pilato — observes), the buffoonish characters ultimately learn the value of virtue, while social reversals yield to hierarchy and traditional family bonds. With a key plotline about solipsistic twins (portrayed with flair by Ashley Ivey and Emma Crane Jaster) who love to read and spout philosophy, the play twits simplistic dogmatism, to boot."
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Celia Wren


WeLoveDC - Highly Recommended

"...With Carlo Gozzi’s The Green Bird, Constellation Theatre has found the perfect medium for their hyper-surrealist style in a play inspired by commedia dell’arte. It’s like a wild Ferrari driven by Max Ernst through a Brothers Grimm forest. Every piece – acting, design, script – is completely committed to the creation of a madcap fairy tale world."
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Jenn Larsen


DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

If only one thing stays lodged in your exploding cranium after experiencing this sensational, sensation-full show, it is sure to be Kendra Rai’s costumes. There are huge, vivid tufts of richly colored plumage sprouting from heads, hats and backs; a living tree, complete with leaves, branches and apples; a pack of human-sized, terrifyingly menacing cat-like creatures who recall nothing so much as The Wizard of Oz’s flying attack monkeys on two legs;
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Leslie Weisman



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