Stupid Fu**ing Bird
Closed 2h 15m
Stupid Fu**ing Bird
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Stupid Fu**ing Bird NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(66 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
11%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Edgy

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (66)

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692 Reviews | 152 Followers
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

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
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.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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.

392 Reviews | 204 Followers
71
Quirky, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You like an open and fluid play.

Don't see it if You don’t like audience participation.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
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

374 Reviews | 69 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
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 at its most trenchant and funny when it doesn’t just collapse the distance between Chekhov and today, but also encourages us to forget Chekhov entirely."
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The Wall Street Journal
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 laughter and anguish...Posner’s play is derivative by definition, but it’s more than just a commentary on Chekhov, and McCallum’s production lifts it far above the common run."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 entirely natural, with two or more tones taking up residence on stage at the same moment...Another example of how a playwright takes borrowed materials and deftly makes them his own."
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TheaterScene.net
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 with some debatable choices. However, this does not keep the play from being a brilliant example of meta-theater."
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Theatre is Easy
March 30th, 2016

"Tremendous work by a skilled acting ensemble, smart designers, and the keen, firm grip of director Davis McCallum; 'Stupid Fucking Bird' is good fun...Posner has taken all the complex characters, the brilliant monologues, the rich symbolism, and raised the bar for contemporary America. It’s angry, honest, smart, sensitive, and deeply moving...McCallum never lets go of what could be a confusing mess, comfortably finding an important tone in this ensemble of gifted makers."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 29th, 2016

"Conrad, dazzlingly portrayed by Christopher Sears, emits enough electricity to light up all of Manhattan…Bianca Amato lights up the sky as Emma Arkadina, the famous actress...'Stupid Fu**ing Bird' has been skillfully and effectively directed by Davis McCallum, who’s brought all the innovation of the concept to fruition…The one weakness of this presentation is Trigorin who comes off as a cypher...This is a stunning production."
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CurtainUp
March 28th, 2016

"A devilishly amusing riff…The Pearl is fortunate to have director Davis McCallum on board to help the actors make this radically new and original adaptation work as smartly and enjoyably as it does...Those familiar with 'The Seagull' are more likely to fully appreciate the way this adaptation has captured so much, and yet comes off as a completely original and hilarious entertainment."
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Front Row Center
March 29th, 2016

"Director Davis McCallum wrangles all of the manic elements of an over-the-top script with the skill of Ben Hur at his chariot. So much could spin wildly out of control and yet it does not…The acting is excellent, particularly the bravura performance of Sears...He is at times overwhelmingly manic, but that is perhaps unavoidable, given the relentless motion of the writing...Trigorin has flashes of steeliness and lust, but in the end I was not convinced of his casting."
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