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Theatre & Film

2,500 Years Later Aristophanes’s The Birds Still Packs A Contemporary Punch

Houston’s Classical Theatre Company presents the Ancient Greek comedy.


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Classical Theatre Company's The Birds
Classical Theatre Company’s The Birds

One of the most remarkable things about the comedies of Aristophanes, in addition to their having survived to the 21st century, is how relevant they are to the sociopolitical environment of today, and their portrayal of the absurdity of human nature which would do Samuel Beckett proud.

The Classical Theatre Company (CTC) is presenting Aristophanes's The Birds at its Montrose Blvd theater through April 24th (4 performances remaining). This is the first Greek play the company has produced since 2009's Antigone.

Commenting on the comedy, CTC artistic director John Johnston says, "Any play where you've got a flock of talking birds setting themselves up to be the gods of men is going to draw some laughs."

The Birds is directed by Philip Hays, who also crafted the script in English translation, and features Luis Galindo in the leading role of Pisthetarius. They talk with Houston Public Media's St.John Flynn about the production.