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Exciting News & “The Birds” Reviews | Quotidian Theatre Company

Jenny Donovan, Matthew Vaky, and Stephanie Mumford in The Birds. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.
Jenny Donovan, Matthew Vaky, and Stephanie Mumford in The Birds. Photo by St. Johnn Blondell.

Praise for Quotidian Theatre Company’s production of The Birds by Conor McPherson:

“Terror takes wing in The Birds. In 15 brisk, well-acted scenes, Quotidian Theatre Company’s The Birds does an efficient job of creeping the audience out — in a good way.
 – Jane Horwitz, The Washington Post

Quotidian Theatre knows how to work a nuance. Expect lots of pondering and creepy thrills in this chilling version of the Daphne du Maurier tale of killer birds and society’s reactions to its own potential demise. Stripped of Hitchcock’s shocking visuals, the theatrical version must rely on old fashioned story telling, and who better to tell a tale than an Irishman, namely Conor McPherson of Seafarer and Shining City fame. And oh what a tale he tells. Stephanie Mumford is sublime as Diane… Mumford is well matched by Matthew Vaky as Nat… Julia is played with coquettish school girl charm by Jenny Donovan. This theatrical version of the well-known classic is a fascinating portrayal of alliance and allegiance when the end of the world seems ominously near, and survival is all that matters.”
 – Debbie Jackson, DC Theatre Scene

(Five Stars)  Conor McPherson’s script is exceptional. The play is at the same time dark and humorous. Stephanie Mumford is outstandingMatthew Vaky shows wonderful dramatic and comedic talentJenny Donovan plays the part of a callously selfish ingénue to perfection, and Ted Schneider is chillingly cold. I highly recommend this wonderful offering by Quotidian Theatre Company.”
 – Jane Coyne, DC Metro Theater Arts

The Birds captivates Bethesda.  As performed by the Quotidian Theatre Company under the direction of Jack Sbarbori, The Birds takes place in one room where three people have taken shelter from these violent feathered creatures. Rather than eliciting outright fear, the play carries a tension that develops between these last survivors of what is presumably an apocalypse. Several classic struggles are addressed: the fear of isolation, the preservation of romantic ideals, and the existential meaning of life. With several surprises and an exciting climax, this show is worth watching. The audience is left not with an immediate feeling of pleasure, but of fascination, a feeling that will leave them contemplating the plot for days afterward.”
 – Nisha Tracy, Broadway World

You can also read preview articles about The Birds at The Gazette and DC Metro Theater Arts!

Tickets are still available for the two remaining weekends of this challenging, apocalyptic, Irish play:

The Birds blue w text smallQuotidian Theatre Company presents the D.C. Area Premiere of The Birds by Conor McPherson, now through August 11. Directed by Jack Sbarbori. Featuring Jenny Donovan, Stephanie Mumford, Ted Schneider, and Matthew Vaky. Tickets are $30, or $25 for seniors and students. $15 per ticket for groups of 10 or more (contact quotidiantheatre@comcast.net for reservations). Buy tickets online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/386453 Buy tickets by phone: 1-800-838-3006 ext. 1 (ask for Quotidian Theatre Company) Subscribers: email quotidiantheatre@comcast.net or call 301-816-1023 for reservations. Show times: 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, with one additional 2pm performance on Saturday, August 10. All performances are held at The Writer’s Center: 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, MD. The venue is a short walk from the Bethesda Metro Station. There is free parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

John Hauge with Quotidian's co-founder and artistic director Jack Sbarbori.
John Hauge with Quotidian’s co-founder and artistic director Jack Sbarbori.

We’re excited and grateful to announce Quotidian has won the top prize of $10,000 in TrueTheatergoer’s annual contest!

We’d like to thank TTG’s co-founder John Hauge for running the contest and our loyal audience members who made this happen by reviewing our shows on TrueTheatergoer.com!

These funds will be put to work immediately on our upcoming season, which is comprised of three ambitious plays: The Iceman Cometh, an eighteen-actor masterwork by award-winning American author Eugene O’Neill (Long Day’s Journey into Night, Hughie); Faith Healer, an intimate and visceral three-person narrative by influential European dramatist Brian Friel (Dancing at Lughnasa, Afterplay); and the U.S. premiere of The Veil, a Gothic thriller by the company’s favorite living playwright, Conor McPherson (The Birds, Shining City, The Seafarer, Port Authority, Dublin Carol, The Weir).

Subscribe before October 31st and it’s only $60 to see all three plays!

Click here to read more about the season and how to subscribe.

Quotidian Theatre Company’s mission is to find truth and beauty in the everyday, presenting plays in an understated and impressionistic style, relying on piercingly truthful acting and no-frills storytelling. By providing realistic situations and dialogue, Quotidian lets audiences witness events as if over a backyard fence or through an open window, thus illuminating the depth and dignity of ordinary human experience.
 
“Quotidian hasn’t chosen its name by accident; it produces plays in which God is in the details.”
 – D.C. Theatre Scene

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