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Tongue of a Bird

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Slow, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

About the show

This drama about the search for an abducted girl explores themes of memory, loss, and motherhood. More…

Maxine, a search and rescue pilot, returns in midwinter to her childhood home in the Adirondacks. There, she conducts a search for a girl who while on a field trip in the mountains, was abducted by a stranger in a black pick-up truck. The search lasts for three days. Each night Maxine must face the girl's distraught mother, Dessa, and her own grandmother, Zofia, a reclusive Polish refugee. In sleep, Maxine is prey to nightmares and fragmented memories of a mother who abandoned her in childhood and was lost to insanity.

Member Reviews (10)


Ambitious, Slow, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing
Avg Score

Confusing, Slow, Indulgent, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you have nothing better to do. Talented cast working with a difficult subject and script.

Don't see it if you want a story that you can follow. In my 1st row seat one of the stage lights made it almost impossible to watch the action without pain.

Feminist themes, Ambitious all-women cast, Metaphorically rich and complex monologues, Great lead and supporting acting

See it if Always onstage Mary Sheridan searches to find lost girl for a grieving mother, lives with a demented grandmother & dreams of her lost mother

Don't see it if You will have trouble following a thin plot thread that briefly focuses on various points in women’s lives: child, mother, adult, and oldage

Also Flight and loss are central themes: Flight of flies, birds, planes; Fl... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Literary, Good acting

See it if you like "talky," character-driven plays. You won't mind heavy use of symbolism and can enjoy an unremittingly dark drama.

Don't see it if ypu don't like dark plays' You prefer fully costumed plays.

Also .I I might have enjoyed reading this play more than seeing it. Some of... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious, Slow, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a strongly poetic but confusing script and an somewhat uneven performance by an all-female cast.

Don't see it if You are looking for light entertainment or a fully staged production. Definite potential not quite realized here.

Relevant, Intense, Ambitious

See it if you like a strong female cast with an intelligent story

Don't see it if stories of kidnapping and mental illness upset you

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if you love poetry and symbolism, you enjoy learning about three generations of women, you have the patience of a saint

Don't see it if you like plot, action you like resolution

Ambitious, Confusing, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to support women’s theater. All female cast & Director. Some writing very eloquent, but at times it was over the top.

Don't see it if Can’t tolerate sparse set, very talky play, felt longer than 90 mins. Story dragged, some over acting. Lead uneven-some monologues well done

Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intimate, Great acting

See it if You like a strong female cast dealing with themes of mother-daughter relationships, memory, and loss.

Don't see it if You don’t like black box productions. A bit of over-acting in one role, and written in a somwhat grandiose style at times.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see a deep psychological play full of metaphors about losing a daughter, a mother, losing sanity, possessions. Great acting.

Don't see it if you want to see some light entertainment. It is a small theater with minimal props, and it was freezing inside when i watched the play.

Thought-provoking, Insightful, Intimate

See it if You enjoy plays with rich and poetic language meant to make you consider its themes.

Don't see it if You need lavish production value or you want something very fast-paced and action-packed.

“Tongue of a Bird” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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