What You'll Get
- Two tickets to see Sideshow Theatre Company’s Stupid F*cking Bird
- Where: Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Recommended for mature audiences
- $20 for an early-run performance (through August 20) (up to $36 value)
- $20 for a late-August performance (August 23–31) (up to $47 value)
- Choose a showtime upon purchase.
Stupid F*cking Bird
Stupid F*cking Bird serves a sort of irreverent translation of another title, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull—which about sums up the relationship between the two plays themselves. Playwright Aaron Posner has built a prolific career from off-kilter adaptations of literature ranging from Mark Twain to David Foster Wallace, and he brings his signature bag of metatheatrical tricks to the tale of a gloomy young writer, his spotlight-stealing actress mother, and the friends and rivals who gather around them.
Transposed to the present day, the characters solicit advice from the audience, criticize the stage sets, and—in a spirit little removed from Chekhov’s own—rant against the prevailing theatrical climate. According to LA Weekly, “It’s Stoppardian smart and, despite its modest ambitions and occasional glimmers of self-deprecation, offers unexpectedly authentic and affecting insights into love’s cruelties and the existential conundrums at the heart of Chekhov’s plays.”
Sideshow Theatre Company
“Familiar stories. Unorthodox methods. Perpetually curious.” That’s the motto of Sideshow Theatre Company’s, which started with a bang with 2008’s Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird). They’ve been making the Western canon weirder ever since, pulling apart Greek myths and Henrik Ibsen with equal glee. They’ve also branched out into ensemble-written original tales and even hosted the first seven tournaments of the Chicago League of Lady Arm-Wrestlers until the muscle-bound competitors accidentally broke all the theater’s doors.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on voucher at Richard Christiansen Theatre at Victory Gardens. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Sideshow Theatre Company's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Recommended for mature audiences. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.