Here we are, ready for anothBirds 4 Largeer installment of “Why I LOVE Cincinnati Theatre!”  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be celebrating opening night of THE BIRDS on Friday, October 17 and I cannot wait to see what promises to be yet another amazing performance by Cincy Shakes!

You might be familiar with Alfred Hitchcock movie ‘The Birds’ starring Tippi Hedren, but this production — adapted for the stage, setting it in an isolated seaside cabin somewhere in the near future, by Irish playwright Conor McPherson — is something altogether different.  Originally, “The Birds” was a novelette by British writer Daphne du Maurier, first published in 1952.  The story was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, released in 1963.

Here’s a little about the production from Cincy Shakes:

For reasons unknown, the birds have turned against man, attacking them maliciously and relentlessly. Birds 8 LargeIn a small seaside cabin, a group of strangers find themselves thrust together, each seeking sanctuary from the savage avian menace. But as the situation becomes increasingly dire and the tension between the survivors inexorably grows, it isn’t long before the atmosphere turns ugly, and they discover that the horror hovering outside is nothing compared to that which lurks within. The cast features Brent Vimtrup and Sherman Fracher as Nat and Diane, respectively, two strangers who form a bond to survive their harrowing experience. They are joined by Sara Clark as Julia, a mysterious young woman who brings conflict to the desperate situation, and Nicholas Rose as the cryptic, watchful neighbor Tierney. This production is directed by Cincinnati Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director, Brian Isaac Phillips

Birds 9 LargeI honestly cannot wait to see this show, it looks absolutely amazing from sets, to casting, and beyond!  Audiences are even invited to wear a costume to the Halloween evening performance!  I love it!  Please note that this play contains strong language and mature themes, so it’s definitely not for your little ones.  Make it a date night, and check Date Night Cincinnati for great restaurant deals to make your evening perfect from start to finish!

Performances of “The Birds” are scheduled from October 17- November 8, 2014 on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm with an additional Saturday matinee on Nov. 8.  The October 17 Opening Night performance is SOLD OUT!!  The theater is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati, two blocks west of the Aronoff Center.  Single ticket prices range from $22-$32 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$36 on Fridays and Saturdays.  This show is a part of the 2014-2015 subscription season.  If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID.  Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.  Ticketing fees may apply.  Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as AAA members.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at

Coming up in the 2014/2015 season for Cincy Shakes you can also see:Birds 6 Large

The Comedy of Errors
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) – by all accounts this is the best show EVER in life and is totally hilarious and I missed it last year but won’t make that mistake this year!
Waiting For Godot
Little Women
The Taming of the Shrew
Henry V
One Man, Two Guvnors

I seriously get giddy with excitement when I think of this lineup and I am truly looking forward to seeing each and every show.  Do yourself a huge favor and come with me…you won’t regret it!

Disclosure:  I was invited to the show and provided with tickets free of charge for sharing details about the production.  The accolades you see above are 100% heartfelt and my own.  I think the folks at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company are amazing and cannot say enough how much I enjoy being an audience member at their shows.