STUPID FUCKING BIRD

 

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

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 Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, 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.

 

August 16 - September 21, 2014

Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens

2433 N Lincoln Avenue

 

This program is partially supported by a grant

from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

PHOTOS

PRESS

★★★1/2!

"Of all the work I've seen of this young company,  this low-cost show, which is well-directed  by Jonathan L. Green, is the best."

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

 

★★★★★!

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

Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

 

"A strong ensemble performance... everyone onstage weaves beautifully, painfully into everyone else."

Tony Adler, Chicago Reader

 

"[A] funny, heartbreaking, fourth-wall-battering post-punk manifesto."

Alex Huntsberger, New City

 

★★★1/2!

"Clever and well-executed."

Drew Wancket, Chicago Stage Standard

 

"Phenomenal... no-holds-barred!"

Jessie Bond, Splash Chicago

 

"[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

 

August 16 - September 21, 2014

Richard Christiansen 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.

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 Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, 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.

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.