Tri-County Players has selected Birds as the first production for this, its seventh season at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center. “It’s a silly comedy for the whole family,” said director Burt McCollum. “A bit like Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in,” chimed in a cast member. “My wife says it’s more like Shrek, meets Hee-Haw, meets Abbot and Costello,” added another.
The play is loosely based on a Greek comedy by Aristophanes circa 414 BC. Greek playwrights and theatre goers were serious about their comedy and the use of a chorus. There will be a bird chorus, and humans, and gods as in most of the ancient productions. But then the modern adaptations get interesting as contemporary issues and the homage to British comedian Benny Hill are included, and then – did someone say kazoos?
Expect lots of slapstick too as the cast of 19 characters and chorus members cram the small stage with lot of laughs. Tri-County Players has plenty of experience; they have been an active community theater group for more than 50 years. Cast members range in age from teens to “won’t tell my age” and come from all walks of life. They do drama well but you can tell this comedy is much more fun because of all of the little elements that personalize this adaptation. “This production is more like an old Warner Brothers cartoon,” said TCP president, Bob Buchtman. “Kids will see humor on one level but cartoon aficionados will see much, much more.”
Performances are Friday, October 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2015 at 8:00pm and October 11, 2015 at 3:00pm.
For tickets, please call (513) 471-2030.