'The Birds' Bob Suh


The Birds

Every Fri. and Sat. from Sept. 6-28
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Sept. 8-29
2 p.m.

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s short story from 1952 (and, of course, Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematic thriller from 1963), this stage adaptation from Conor McPherson utilizes the celebrated Irish playwright’s ability to derive tension from intimately dire circumstances. Toward that goal, The Birds’ premise is rife with nightmarish promise, as the titular creatures inexplicably transform into feral flocks, dive-bombing victims from the skies in a blood frenzy. Fleeing for their lives, three complete strangers (a frustrated novelist, a mentally unstable man, and an enigmatic young woman) find themselves confined to a rural farmhouse with little to distract from the dangers amassing outside—other than harboring suspicions of one another and the shadowy neighbor lurking somewhere too close for comfort. Aspiring to maximize the piece’s enveloping anxiety, this revival from TRP will undoubtedly benefit from the company’s signature stage, allowing a voyeuristic 365-degree view of their claustrophobic confines. Under the direction of Seth Kaltwasser, this ambitious new production looks to unleash The Birds’ spine-chilling potential, allowing the frightful tale to take flight.