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  The Birds at Guthrie Theatre

The Birds

Guthrie Theatre
818 South 2nd Street Minneapolis

Tony Award-nominee Conor McPherson has crafted a chilling psychological portrait loosely inspired by the short story which inspired Hitchcock's film. Set in an isolated, abandoned house in Cornwall, strangers Nat and Diane, with no electricity and little food, take refuge from the unnerving masses of birds that attack everyone around them.

Thru - Apr 8, 2012

Price: $24-$39

Box Office: 612-377-2224

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  The Birds Reviews

Star Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"..."The Birds," Conor McPherson's post-apocalyptic drama that opened Wednesday at the Guthrie, springs from the Daphne du Maurier story that also inspired Alfred Hitchcock's famous 1963 movie. But despite some in-the-moment performances, the one-act is less engaging than the film."
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Rohan Preston

Twin Cities Daily Planet - Somewhat Recommended

"...In The Seafarer and Shining City, two scripts given superb productions by the Jungle Theater in recent years, McPherson showed himself masterful at writing tense drawing-room dramas with supernatural twists. Here, though, he stumbles. The short play—just over 90 minutes, without an intermission—is episodic, with the actors jumping through a decathalon of stage business in a sequence of short scenes. Voiceover narration taken from Diane's diary shows up in a few scenes, further distracting from the onstage dynamics. Further, we're given a torrent of information about offstage shenanigans occuring both prior to and during the several-week timespan of the narrative, such that by the end of the play there are too many moving parts and loose ends to tie up satisfactorily."
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Jay Gabler

Twin Cities Pioneer Press - Recommended

"...The cramped production, atmospheric sound and world-weary acting (the difficult-to-pin-down Hagen and fiery Cutler are especially memorable) give this bleak and compelling play a sick momentum, even if we fear its characters are moving toward nothing. These three strangers were dead before they met each other and they don't need a bunch of birds pecking at their faces to tell them that."
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Chris Hewitt

Aisle Say Twin Cities - Somewhat Recommended

"... It’s in this ability to sustain an anxious tone that The Birds really excels, rather than in its content. McPherson’s script is well-constructed and nuanced, but it doesn’t ever really get beyond some tried and true hallmarks of horror and science fiction. McPherson does introduce some promising questions about religion and morality into this nature-against-humanity scenario, but unfortunately they remain under-explored yet over-discussed. Still, the play captives because it’s not really what they characters say that effectively communicates their increasing desperation, but how they say it."
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Anna Rosensweig

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