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The Birds

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Excruciating

About the show

BirdLand Theatre presents Tony-nominated playwright Conor McPherson's adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's short story, which was also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film. Part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival. More…

In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of mad attacking birds. The temporary sanctuary, however, provides little comfort, and when another refugee arrives with news of the outside world, paranoia takes hold of this makeshift fortress. A gripping and emotional look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse.

Member Reviews (12)


Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Excruciating
Avg Score

Dull, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if you have a lot of extra time on your hands. Or if you want to see what Colin McPherson creates on an off-day.

Don't see it if you have other options. This one is truly a dud. Why did the folks at 59E59 even consider this mess for production?

Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if You need to see every version of The Birds ! You need to see all off off Broadway shows. You don't care about the quality of shows you see.

Don't see it if You are offended by actors performing in the nude literally in front of your face ! You don't like shows that drag and use repetitive dialog

Great acting, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy immersive theater; good acting; don't expect anything like Hitchcock's film of the same name; you support 59E59 Theater.

Don't see it if you are easily bored; are put off by gratuitous nudity which adds nothing much to the show; thought Hitchcock's film was awful; hate birds.

Also Wish they had done more with the birds aspect; needed a more scary aur... Read more Read less

Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Not suspenseful

See it if you want drama about human interactions during catastrophes & not about birds (other than some mild sound effects they are basically missing

Don't see it if you are expecting Hitchcock suspense, or McPherson's natural monologues -the ones at the end seem contrived, just to give the play a plot

Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Unconvincing, Pretentious

See it if you like Conor McPherson so much that you even want to see his plays that don't work.

Don't see it if you have anything more exciting to do with 90 minutes of your life - theater or otherwise.

Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if You want to see some really good acting and don't mind not fully fleshed out characters.

Don't see it if You are expecting scary or a play of the famous film "The Birds." If you can't stand nudity on stage or excessive use of fog.

Also This seemed like a workshop of a play. The actors did amazing with wha... Read more Read less

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You have absolutely nothing else to do

Don't see it if You enjoy innovating theater with good writing and interesting dialog

Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if like ambiguous shows that give much to think and talk about after the show. Fine acting. Wordy dramas that strive to be different,

Don't see it if you are expecting anything close to the movie. Resolutions. Bothered by male nudity, extreme use of fog machines.

Also An interesting play, up to a point. The author never seems to have dec... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like post-apocalyptic stories

Don't see it if You want fully engaging performances

Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You want to see three actors give it all they have. They did the very best they could with the material at hand. Note: There are no birds.

Don't see it if You expect anything like Hitchcock's classic. Sadly, I felt neither threat nor terror from the phantom birds.

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if You have never seen an avant garde show in a small black space with weird lighting effects and plotline you've seen better. And a naked man

Don't see it if you have a delusion that this is anything like Hitchcock. It was so non-suspenseful--I couldn't stop checking my watch.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Visually inventive, Mildly scary, Ok

See it if you are curious about this adaptation about the apocalypse in progress with somewhat sympathetic characters. Physical/spiritual survival?

Don't see it if you expect a thrilling and suspenseful night at the theater. It's less than advertised.

September 15th, 2016
"A listless production...As directed by Stefan Dzeparoski, this interpretation from the Toronto-based Birdland Theater generates nary a ripple of suspense...The subliminal dread that Mr. McPherson elicits so hauntingly in his other works remains buried deep here, failing to surface even when char...
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September 15th, 2016
"Even a brilliant playwright can have an off day, but this NYC premiere is so shabbily conceived and executed, it’s hard to know where to place the blame...This humorless, generic script feels like a first draft, halfway to a screenplay, not delving enough into the characters’ twisted emotions......
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September 15th, 2016
"Irish playwright Conor McPherson bleeds out all suspense and transforms it into a soporific meditation on the psyches of post-apocalyptic survivors. Long before the seemingly endless play wraps up, you'll be wishing the damn birds would finish the job already...The play plods from one numbingly ...
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September 15th, 2016
"Dzeparoski's production comes off as neither sexy nor scary, two things that it desperately wants to be (despite the appearance of both full-frontal nudity and hazy fog effects to attempt to set the mood on both ends). Similarly, the acting is strangely detached throughout...The lack of tension ...
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