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#CLPsuggests: “The Birds”

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12400871_10153376112421270_8350360907760289246_nThe Birds 
Presented by Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Written by Conor McPherson
Directed by Greg Carter
12th Ave Arts
January 21- February 20, 2016
Thu-Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Mon 7:30
no performance Mon Jan-25

From the moment the lights dimmed and Diane (Sarah Harlett) entered panicked, anxious and terrified I was 110% invested in the fate of this character and in the fate of the world.

Diane and Nat (Shawn Belyea) are kept prisoners indoors while bloodthirsty birds attempt to break in and attack. In this apocalyptic world where birds are killing for no reason, and scavenging is the only way to survive, Diane and Nat take in the mysterious Julia (Meme Garcia) because in this very scary world, “as long as there is kindness, there is hope.” With Julia, they determine if they should interact with their estranged neighbor Tierney (Sean Nelson) or make a break for the next town.

I held my breath the entire 90-minute run as each suspenseful scene took place and must highly praise Sarah Harlett for making each moment fresh and raw as the world of The Birds unfolded. Shout outs to Brendan Patrick Hogan and Reed Nakayama for the best sound and lighting design I have ever experienced in a suspenseful production.

Go to this show and prepare to be on the edge of your seat for the entire performance.

By R.H. Tyrrel

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