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Stupid Fu**ing Bird

From 65 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Original

About the show

The New York premiere of Aaron Posner's "sort of" adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic 'The Seagull.' More…

Conrad’s desperate love for Nina might just be the death of him—if his imperious mother and her latest fling don’t get there first. Aaron Posner’s wry riff on 'The Seagull' scoops up Chekhov’s tale of unrequited love, missed opportunities, and misplaced dreams and sets it down squarely in the bustle of 21st century life. But the more things change the more they really don’t—and the artist frustrated by the emptiness of modern art, the dissatisfied young woman yearning for freedom, and the has-beens and never-weres of a passing generation all still wonder: “What are we doing here?”


Member Reviews (65)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Original
84
Avg Score

75
Raw, Resonant, Messy, Exciting, Great writing

See it if you want to see the artifice of everyday life stripped away and raw emotions on display.

Don't see it if an experimental deconstruction of a play doesn't interest you.

85
Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a refreshingly original and thought-provoking interpretation of Chekhov's The Seagull.

Don't see it if you are a traditionalist who prefers conventional adaptations of classic plays.

78
Ambitious, Clever, Original, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you like quirky humor, enjoy the fourth wall broken, think Chekhov could use a good ribbing, care for a modern take-off on The Seagull

Don't see it if you regard Chekhov as a master who cannot be violated, don't like the f-word which is used a lot, don't like actors talking to audience

96
Great writing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Original

See it if An fantastic and surprising retelling of Chekov's The Seagull. Wonderfully acted by all. Clever set design.

Don't see it if You don't like long shows. You want to see a traditional play. This is NOT The Seagull although it is based on it.

91
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Original

See it if You are tired of seeing dreary Chekov plays performed as they were written. Watch great actors perform a very creative play. Best of Pearl

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity and sexual scenes You only want to see the classics performed as they were written. You have no imagination.

95
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you have good taste and want to see a play with great acting, compelling storytelling, and leave the theatre pondering some of the issues.

Don't see it if you are dismissive of modernizations of classic plays, are offended by foul language and gun violence, don't like direct address to audience

79
Clever, Original, Edgy

See it if You like experimental theater and unusual stories and characters.

Don't see it if You do not like angst and enjoy traditional sequential happy stories.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see a well-acted, thought provoking retelling of a classic that is riddled with conflict, sadness, and some happiness.

Don't see it if you want to see a simple story with little character development. Bring a jacket, theater is freezing.

80
Clever, Original, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you like creatively staged shows or you're a fan of Chekhov's The Seagull.

Don't see it if very creative staging won't be enough to overcome a fairly clichéd plotline.

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Refreshing, Original, Great writing

See it if You want a fresh take on Chekov's Seagull that plumbs the humor that is rarely seen in its stagings. Well cast and acted, a current Chekov.

Don't see it if You think Chekov is Serious Theatre, or a classic that shouldn't be tampered with or deconstructed to reveal its truth and relevance.

75
Quirky, Clever, Intense

See it if you like modernization of classics. Important to know 'The Seagull' by Chekhov. Some very interesting ideas along the way.

Don't see it if you don't like melodrama and some chaos.

82
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Original

See it if you are familiar with Chekhov's play and are interested in provocative approaches to classic works.

Don't see it if you've never encountered "The Seagull".

83
Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy offbeat adaptations of classical works.

Don't see it if you prefer a more classical approach to Chekhov.

74
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Confusing, Indulgent

See it if great acting, original score, entertaining, original in conception since it transports Uncle Vanya play to modern times.

Don't see it if if you expect a more traditional play. This one can be very confusing at times.

91
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Witty

See it if So funny, time flew. Could not believe I had been there for 2 1/2 hours . Wanted it to go on. Fabulous cast. Respond when 4th wall broken.

Don't see it if Can't imagine why you wouldn't want to see it.

88
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want a smart & in-your-face update on a classic replete with charming musical interludes, sly cultural critiques & stirring performances

Don't see it if you don't care for meta, f-bombs, angsty protagonists, shouting, philandering, gun violence, or edgy narrative devices... but see it anyway.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Dizzying, Refreshing, Funny

See it if a funny new twist on The Seagull that is either genius or complete BS or genius BS but rarely boring.Bril cast, esp Joe Paulik & Chris Sears

Don't see it if you hate Chekhov's The Seagull. There are some more banal Chekhovian scenes that slow things down and suck the originality Posner brings.

86
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like fresh updated interpretations of classic shows.

Don't see it if You want a faithful replica of Chekov's work.

79
Great play, not the best direction

See it if Lots of great ideas here and faithful to Chekhov, which matters to me (see my profile).

Don't see it if But not great direction of the actors. Best moments were when actors engaged with audience and toned down to more authentic performances.

65
Messy, Quirky, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate non-traditional approaches to classic stories

Don't see it if You value coherence and the fourth wall

100
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Great writing, Must see

See it if you're thrilled by the idea of a brave adaptation that gives great insights to a classic. Stunning production and concept. I saw it twice.

Don't see it if you want your Chekhov served up in a traditional fashion.

79
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a contemporary play loosely based on Chekhov's Seagull.

Don't see it if you don't like interpretations of the classics or dislike Chekhov.

93
Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like a devastating and hilarious examination of what it's like to be alive. A brilliant adaptation of THE SEAGULL.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy theater that is provocative and somewhat experimental.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want to see Chekhov tossed on its ear, but in a good way.

Don't see it if you want a quiet, calm, non-thought provoking evening.

81
Clever, Edgy, Original

See it if Chekhov, updated, made relevant and quirky and fun sounds like a night at the theatre you would enjoy. Prepare to laugh.

Don't see it if you only take your classics straight up and on the narrow path.


March 28th, 2016
"A raw, theatrically audacious version of this Chekhov classic presented in a viscerally well-acted production…Exploding the wistful, melancholy atmosphere that pervades so many Chekhov productions, Mr. Posner’s version reminds us that Chekhov was a relentless truth teller...Mr. Posner’s play is ...
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March 31st, 2016
"I was—rather to my surprise—impressed...Most of 'Stupid Fu**ing Bird' is at once bluntly funny and unnervingly bleak...Davis McCallum has given 'Stupid Fu**ing Bird' a lively staging that underlines the comedy without undercutting the emotion, and everyone in the cast is adept at balancing laugh...
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April 1st, 2016
"A playwright who honors a classic by way of turning it upside down...Without any evident strain, Posner finds a modern expression for a great many of Chekhov's devices and ideas...Under Davis McCallum's direction, the flow of events, from farce to heartbreak to resignation and back again, is ent...
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March 31st, 2016
"Aaron Posner’s brilliant, Americanized, updated and deconstructed 'sort of' adaptation of Chekhov’s 'The Seagull'...restores the punch that this play must have had for its original audience as well as making it entirely and successfully contemporary...Davis McCallum has interpreted the new text ...
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