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Stupid F**king Bird

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing

About the show

Art of Warr Productions presents a new staging of Aaron Posner's irreverent and contemporary remix of Chekhov’s "The Seagull." More…

From the show:

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters to the surface. STUPID FUCKING BIRD will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.


Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Disappointing
77
Avg Score

85
Delightful, Clever, Refreshing, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like “outside the box” types of shows. This is quirky in all the right ways. Long but worth it.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that make you think. This one definitely is a show that lives most happily in the dark corners of your brain.

Also I love Aaron Posner’s writing! I love the way he takes a classic and t... Read more Read less

71
Raunchy, Fluffy, Clever, Funny, Ambitious

See it if A really interesting piece and take on Chekhov's the seagull. Funny at times and innovative. All around good show.

Don't see it if 3 hrs long, if you dont like profanity or non traditional theater. Breaks the 4th wall.

65
Too much talking with the audience, Too long, Banal, Disappointing

See it if Very modern update with alot of audience interacting.

Don't see it if you want wordy part with not a lot of happening. Has two 10 minute intermission.

80
Pleasant surprise, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if your only experience with Posner is his "the joke is on the audience" "Life Sucks" and you want to see that he actually can write.

Don't see it if breaking the 4th wall is never acceptable to you and you need a traditionally constructed play

Also Posner has much more respect for the audience here than he does in his... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Edgy, Funny

See it if If you like an open script & audience participation.

Don't see it if you like plays with a predictable plot and ending.

75
Uneven acting, Horrible costumes & set design, Too campy by half, Funny, Ambitious

See it if U enjoy modern adaptations of classics and especially A Posner's Life Sucks & are willing to endure a not all that great production of one.

Don't see it if U dislike plays breaking 4th wall--especially one in which actors step out of character,sets & costumes that are inconsistent w/ text

Also I didn't see the 1st production of That F*g Bird.I liked Life Sucks,so... Read more Read less

79
Unpolished, Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you missed the 2016 production; you want to see if Posner's text holds up with no bells and whistles; you want to support some rising talent

Don't see it if you need a polished production or actors that know how to project. But the text really stands on its own.

69
Despite a few good performances and moments, ultimately flat, Decent cast fending for themselves, Uneven, Slow, Ambitious

See it if You want to see the precursor to Posner's better-realized Life Sucks in a pretty threadbare production with an uneven if game cast.

Don't see it if Expecting a fully realized production. There's no great sense of a unifying vision here, something absolutely necessary for meta-theatre.

Also Opening on the heels of the recently closed Life Sucks, this Bird offe... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Clever

See it if a strong production of a brilliant show. You don't need to know or like Chekhov to appreciate this play, but it certainly will help.

Don't see it if small, blackbox productions that run nearly 3 hours aren't your thing. You don't like profanity or breaking the 4th wall.

85
Title alone is worth the price, Thoroughly enjoyable

See it if you'd like an Aaron Posner takeoff of Anton Chekov's The Seagull. Excellent acting, & as likeable as his Uncle Vanya redo, Life Sucks.

Don't see it if You don't like takeoffs, lots of F-bombs or even a little breaking through the 4th wall. Otherwise, can't recommend it enough.

Also Honestly, I loved it. I thought this was a good production, given the ... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see Chekhov's play deconstructed and transported to the 21st c.

Don't see it if you can't stand your classics tampered with, you don't like it when actors break the 4th wall

62
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if want to see new play by Aaron Posner

Don't see it if too long, too much talking, using unnatural voices. Expect to look a little like Chechov's play "The Seagull", not as tasteless variation.

86
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like farcical deconstructions of classic plays that explore subtle themes in over the top ways and well done meta-theaterical moments.

Don't see it if you want a straight play and a straight take on Checkov, do not like the above concepts. Want more ornate staging.

Also I like Posner's takes on Checkov and I think he has a sense for the th... Read more Read less

85
Refreshing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Aaron Posners take on chekhov's the seagull. Very entertaining, good laughs and some sad moments. If you liked the recent production of

Don't see it if Life sucks. This is similar in nature with some audience participation and filled with zaniness.

Also Good acting and made for an entertaining evening. I attended the openi... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if into a current-day, good production of an inspired-by-a-classic

Don't see it if if you need your classics "proper", or a 2-intermissions show is just too much

Also There is nothing revolutionary here - just 7 actors bringing it to mak... Read more Read less

77
Brave, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Absorbing

See it if It is somewhat experimental but an interesting dive into love and life and the good and the bad. Creative and pain filled but special

Don't see it if Don’t see It if you want candy coated happy go lucky. It’s a trip.

85
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you don't mind making fun of yourself and pretty much everyone including Chekov.

Don't see it if you want a simple comedy sans layers.

Also I didn't see this play the first time around, so thought I'd give it a... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy theatre that is purposefully self-aware and uses solid talent.

Don't see it if you're not a "theatre person" as you might not connect with the material.

80
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if like thoughtful and challenging play, energetic acting, intimate atmosphere

Don't see it if don't like the title or breaking of the 4th wall

70
Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're into Chekhov; don't mind low-budget plays; and are open to times of slowness and uneven performances - but overall not terrible

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a long, unmemorable play

70
Mediocre writing, Poorly executed, Good acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Aaron Posner.

Don't see it if you saw 'Life Sucks' and expect it to be as good.

69
Slow, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Aaron Posner. I saw this play at the Pearl Theater previously and loved it. This production was disappointing however.

Don't see it if you like Aaron Posner's work and don't want to be disappointed by a poorly executed production.

75
Long, Funny, Clever

See it if you want an updated script screaming CHEKHOV IS ABOUT EXISTENTIAL ANGST! in your face, most of the time amusingly.

Don't see it if your expectations were shaped by "Life Sucks." This was good, but not AS good.

Also Smart, funny script, but nowhere near as good as "Life Sucks." Actors ... Read more Read less

77
Quirky, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You are familiar with The Seagull and interested in meta commentary on theatre and the arts.

Don't see it if You don't like the fourth wall being broken.

Also I found this production a little lacking, but the script is excellent ... Read more Read less

70
Good acting, Slow, Funny

See it if to fill an afternoon, a little drama with some light humor

Don't see it if You're in the mood for an uplifting musical

Also Small playhouse, two 10 min. intermissions for scene set-up. Character... Read more Read less


October 10th, 2019
"This updated, deconstructed Chekhov adaptation keeps it real with profanity and a tragic sense of life…I admire the writing and directing in this provocative show, which is very much for our century… Warr's direction allows for a lot of alienation and numerous moments of palpable tenderness."
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