STUPID FUCKING BIRD (2015)

 

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"I'm a seagull. And seagulls can't act."

Back this summer with the original cast, see Sideshow's record-breaking show on the larger mainstage at Victory Gardens!

 

On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Fucking Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Stupid Fucking Bird. A smash-hit in Chicago, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre’s most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.

 

Approximate run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission

Stupid Fucking Bird is recommended for mature audiences. Surprise.

 

July 23 - July 30, 2015

Začek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens

2433 N Lincoln Avenue

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

★★★1/2!

"Exceptionally smart, exceptionally funny. One of the best off-loop shows of the season!"

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

★★★★★!

"Terrifically moving performances... This is, dare I say, a staggering work of heartbreaking stupid fucking genius."

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

 

"A genuine hit... Blackly comic perfection!"

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

 

★★★1/2!

"Smart, funny, irreverent and moving... an exceptional play!"

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

 

Reader recommended!

"Jonathan L. Green directs Sideshow Theatre's hit with grace and agility."

Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

 

★★★★!

"One of the most stimulating and well-staged productions of any Chekhov play that I have ever seen."

Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

 

★★★★!

"With superb director, a knockout script, and a stellar cast, it's nearly impossible to not have a fucking good time at this show."

Taylor Wisham, Chicago Stage Standard

 

"A smart, funny, gut-wrenching piece of meta-theatrical brilliance... an opportunity not to be missed!"

Jessie Bond, Splash Chicago

 

"Wickedly funny, intellectually serious... highly recommended!"

Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic

 

"A delightful two hours of smart theater...The actors perform superbly."

Nancy Bishop, Gapers Block

 

"[A] surprisingly smart gloss on Anton Chekhov's seminal 19th-century Russian drama."

Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

 

★★★★!

"Scathingly hilarious... Stupid Fucking Bird, simply put, is pretty fucking brilliant."

Joy Campbell, Chicago Theatre Beat

 

"Highly recommended... harsh, and vulnerable, and honest."

Ivy Perez, Chicago Theatre Review

 

"Bitterly sardonic... ferociously funny."

Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema

 

"Twisted and very comical... filled with dark humor."

Ken Payne, Buzz News

by Aaron Posner

directed by Jonathan L. Green

 

July 23 - July 30, 2015

Začek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens

2433 N Lincoln Avenue

 

Approximate run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including one intermission

Stupid Fucking Bird is recommended for mature audiences. Surprise.

Back this summer with the original cast, see Sideshow's record-breaking show on the larger mainstage at Victory Gardens!

 

On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Fucking Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Stupid Fucking Bird. A smash-hit in Chicago, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre’s most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.