Friday, February 8, through Sunday, February 10
Playcrafters Barn Theatre, 4950 35th Avenue, Moline IL
Lauded by L.A. Weekly as “the best Chekhov adaptation in two decades,” author Aaron Posner transforms the Russian playwright's classic The Seagull into a modern comedy/drama masterpiece in Stupid F---ing Bird, whose February 8 through 10 run at Moline's Playcrafters Barn Theatre will demonstrate why the New York Times deemed it a “bitingly funny, bruisingly sad” work “that shows in crisp detail what is new about unhappiness today, and what is timeless.”
In this irreverent, contemporary, very funny remix of Anton Chekhov’s 1895 play The Seagull, Posner wages a timeless battle between young and old, and past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. 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 by the end of this production filled with laughs and emotionalism, everyone will discover just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. Winner of the Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding New Play of 2014, Posner's off-Broadway hit is designed to tickle, tantalize, and incite audiences to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel our pursuits of happiness, leading DC Theatre Scene to rave, “The magic of Stupid F---ing Bird is how it balances the hilarious and the heartwrenching.”
Presented as part of Playcrafters' Barn Owl Series of thought-provoking, adult-oriented presentations that began in 2017, Stupid F---ing Bird is being directed by Madison Duling, a performer in the theatre's Bingo! The Winning Musical whose additional area credits include roles in the Black Box Theatre's Rock of Ages and the Spotlight Theatre's recent The Happy Elf. Seven area talents, meanwhile, compose her cast, with Playcrafters' latest ensemble featuring Allison Ambrose, Bruce Duling, Adrienne Evans, Aaron Lord, Leslie Munson, Anthony Natarelli, and Mike Turczynski.
Stupid F---ing Bird runs February 8 through 10 with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, admission is $5-8, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309)762-0330 or visiting Playcrafters.com.