Northern Kentucky University's production of the musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' is a surprisingly serious take on growing up and finding true love in various means. That's not to say that this is a downer of a play — it elicits laughs from the get-go and leaves the audience chuckling along to the message that everyone still has "a lot of livin' yet to do."
Despite a few structural fumbles in the second act of Mark Rigney's 'Nightjars' and the occasional tendency to get knotted up in its own vehemence, the play is an engrossing, in-your-face theater piece. It's the third of three world premiere scripts on view at Northern Kentucky University's biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) new play festival.