Joel Reitsma's star turn in Birdland may be the performance of the season

Simon Stephens's drama captures the decline of a rock star with depth and precision. Watching director Jonathan Berry's compelling, carefully shaded production of Simon Stephens's Birdland, which charts the predictable dissolution of coddled, self-absorbed rock superstar Paul, is like driving to Milwaukee on surface streets. It takes twice as long as necessary to get somewhere you've known you'll end up the entire way, yet the unfamiliar ...

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