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Apollinaire Theatre draws a heartfelt ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’

Paola M. Ferrer as the Singer (left) and Courtland Jones as Grusha in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.”
Paola M. Ferrer as the Singer (left) and Courtland Jones as Grusha in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Credit: Danielle Fauteux Jacques

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CHELSEA — Should a child who’s been separated from his natural mother go back to that mother, or should he stay with the woman who’s raised and loved him? That’s the dilemma of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” and it resolves meltingly in the free outdoor production that Apollinaire Theatre Company is presenting in Chelsea’s waterfront Mary O’Malley Park.

Brecht doesn’t leave much doubt as to where your sympathies should lie in this parable set in a timeless region of the Caucasus. Forced to flee her palace when the nobles rebel, the Governor’s Wife is so preoccupied with choosing which sumptuous dresses to pack that she leaves her infant son behind. Kitchen maid Grusha rescues Michael and takes him with her through war-torn Grusinia.

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