Latest Guthrie production is for the birds
In the program notes for The Birds, playwright Conor McPherson talks about his youthful love of George A. Romero's zombie movies. It's an easy connection to see, as the play -- just like the original Daphne du Maurier short story or the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie -- deals with characters trapped at the end of the world.
We join the apocalypse already in progress, amid the noise of a bird attack outside of a farmhouse, our two main characters -- Nat (J.C. Cutler) and Diane (Angela Timberman) -- trapped in the darkness. The radio is filled with static and eventually will go silent, and as far as the pair of strangers know, they are the last two people to have survived the endless waves of bird attacks.
Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
It's hard to connect to a thriller without some sympathy, at least initially, with the characters. This is a particularly unlikeable quartet, meaning that whatever twists and turns happen don't carry enough emotional weight to keep the audience engaged.
The Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis
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