Amy Pietz

Top-notch 'Stupid ... Bird' zings with audacity

Top-notch 'Stupid ... Bird' zings with audacity

The whole profane title of "Stupid ... Bird," which opened last weekend at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center, can't be printed in a family newspaper. But I can entreat those of you with a love of Anton Chekhov and a taste for theatrical horseplay to rush out and see Aaron Posner's bright, jocular and not in the least offensive modernization of "The Seagull."

This production, a collaboration between the Theatre @ Boston Court and Circle X Theatre Company, is a good deal more comically rambunctious than Donald Margulies' Chekhovian mash-up "The Country House," which is now receiving its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. But it's every bit as...