Robert's an Englishman, somewhat impulsive, and John is a Scotsman, more reserved, and a bit less experienced with the ways of the world. Their current world consists of an isolated Scottish island inhabited only by the bird colonies they were sent to catalog, and permanent resident Mr. Kirk and his much younger niece, Ellen. With two young men and one young woman and no real barriers or social controls, nature begins to take its course. It is 1939, and the world is about to be shaken to its foundations by the second World War — and almost like the flock of birds who take flight right before an earthquake, these three young people sense that everything is on the precipice of a catastrophic change. David Greig's Outlying Islands has been praised for its simplicity of structure, its elegant plot and the poetry of its language by those foreign critics who have been fortunate to see it; now Upstream Theater presents it for the first time in St. Louis. Outlying Islands is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (April 9 through 24), 7 p.m. the first two Sundays (April 11 and 18) and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-863-4999 or www.upstreamtheater.org). Tickets are $15 to $25.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: April 9. Continues through April 25, 2010