‘Birds Sing Differently Here’

Even before American tanks invaded in 2003, Iraq was a broken country, fractured along ethnic and religious lines, and its people scattered in a diaspora. Some who left their homeland have settled in Minnesota, a state known for its hospitality and its lakes. Shared stories of longing and adaptation from a dozen of those refugees form the basis of “Birds Sing Differently Here,” a theater work synthesized by director Taous Claire Khazem and theater artist Dylan Fresco. The show, part of the Guthrie Theater’s innovative Level Nine Initiative, is presented in conjunction with a multimedia art project known as the Iraqi Voices program. (7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio, 818 S. 2nd St., Mpls. $9. 612-377-2224 or guthrietheater.org.)

Rohan Preston