Daphne du Maurier's short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's classic film, is adapted by Conor McPherson in this gripping, unsettling and moving look at human relationships in the face of chaos. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary, but not comfort or peace. There's no electricity, little food and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Catch The Birds at Houston's Theatre Suburbia.
Travel back in time - but not that far - as David and a giant named Goliath meet in a classic showdown, re-cast wild-west style. The famous story gives "slinger" a whole new meaning as two champions collide in David, the Best Slinger in the West at A.D. Players Theater in Houston.
A taut Broadway hit written by Aaron Sorkin, A Few Good Men focuses on the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Directed by Debra Schultz, see A Few Good Men at Stageworks Theatre in Houston. The New York Daily News called the show "Enormously entertaining," while Time magazine lauded it for "Plenty of wise cracking humor and suspense" and the New York Post declared it "Fresh and adroitly updated and conditioned to our time and socio-political climate."
Jam-packed with big, flashy numbers like "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," it's no surprise Time magazine pronounced Guys and Dolls "the greatest of all American musicals." This Tony-winning tale is set in New York City during the swinging 1940s, where Nathan Detroit turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the cash to float the biggest craps game in town. When dolls -- especially a straitlaced missionary named Sarah Brown -- get involved, the term "high stakes" applies to both love and money. This dynamic and modern production of the beloved classic comes to Houston's Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.