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'Birds' provides timely humor

"This is a broad range play that boasts incredible visuals. The fabrics are so rich, it's easy to see the great deal of work put into the production," said Thompson.

The team consists of Director Ward Dales, Choreographer Alan Weeks, Sound Designer Benjamin Chadabe, along with James McDermott who provided the adaptation. Ward has performed, designed and directed for the theatre and cabaret stage in New York City and in Europe, but has called the Capital Region his creative home nearly 15 years. Weeks is a producer, director, choreographer, and performing artist. His directorial and choreographic credits include the Broadway production of "Ain't Misbehavin'," as well as "Sophisticated Ladies," "Funny Girl" and "Tap Dance Kid." His film credits include "The French Connection," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Truck Turner" and "Shaft." Finally, Chadabe has performed with dancers including Min Tanaka and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, with voice artist Jaap Blonk, and with other composers and improvisers including Damien Catera, Bryan Kieser, Warren Burt, and Elliott Sharp. He has recently performed in New York City at Tonic, Hip Chips Festival, NYU, and The Stone. Together they have put a modern twist on a play that allows the audience to connect more closely to the show's history.

"We are really hoping to get across to our audience and patrons that this is a play rich on comedy and contains material that will appeal to an adult audience, it's really something different for us," said Thompson.

Performances begin July 22 and will run through August 13. On Saturday, July 22, "Birds" will be perfomred at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m. On July 27, 28 and 29, August 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. On July 30, August 6 and 13, shows are at 2 p.m.

Admission is free and donations are greatly appreciated. For information, contact the Steamer No. 10 Theatre at 438- 5503.

The entrance and parking for Westland Hills Park is at Colvin and Austain avenues and Zoar Avenue in Albany.""

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