‘Stupid F--king Bird’ puts Chekhov through the wringer

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Arizona Republic

The cheekily titled “Stupid F--king Bird” is an irreverent update of the Chekhov classic “The Seagull,” but you absolutely do not need a literature degree to enjoy this uproarious comedy about existential angst, written by Aaron Posner and performed to perfection by the Valley’s Stray Cat Theatre. The plot involves a series of interlocking love triangles amongst a group of writers, actors and musicians who feel too much and think too hard. That part is all Chekhov, along with the provocative ruminations on the power and futility of art, but it’s all served up with a winking contemporary attitude, complete with a hilarious lip-synch to INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart.” The all-local cast includes Shari Watts as a deliciously bitchy “actress of a certain age,” Wyatt Kent as a surprisingly wise narcissist and Louis Farber a good-natured beta male whose hangdog shyness and witty zingers make him utterly irresistible.

Bottom line: Both erudite and lowbrow, “Stupid F--king Bird” is a fresh, exuberant take on the absurdity of life.