Best Play

Stupid Fucking Bird at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D St. NW, (202) 393-3939
Photograph by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
The best thing on a local stage in 2013 may well have pride of place this year, too. This irreverent, hilarious, heartbreaking update of Chekhov’s The Seagull, as remixed by playwright-better-known-as-a-director Aaron Posner and director/Woolly Mammoth co-founder Howard Shalwitz, will return to Woolly with its sparkling original cast fully intact July 28 through Aug. 17. Brad Koed’s aching turn as dyspeptic playwright Con was the X factor; everyone else here—Rick Foucheux, real-life spouses Cody Nickell and Kate Eastwood-Norris playing battling spouses—is already a beloved fixture of D.C. playhouses. Speaking of which: Why did you never tell us you could sing like that, Kimberly Gilbert?