The Swan

Rated 4.0

An airborne swan hits a huge plate-glass window, and the injured waterfowl is taken in by a woman. Then the swan miraculously assumes human form—as a handsome guy, setting off reverberations within and outside of the household. And suddenly, this contemporary play, which opens like a domestic comedy, moves out onto a more serious, surrealistic and symbolic course—at times it’s mysterious and unsettling. This is perfectly fine with us … we like surprises. We also admired actor Jason Kuykendall’s unusual performance in the title role, “migrating” (ahem) from a naked, instinctual animal to a character capable of broken (yet eloquent) speech, not entirely domesticated. Those who insist on a clearly explained, logical ending may feel frustrated, but if you can let your imagination roam, this show is quite interesting.
B Street Theatre, 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays (2 p.m. on May 15); $22-$30. 2711 B Street, (916) 443-5300, Through May 17. J.H.