High drama, involving green feathers, took place at intermission on the street outside of the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater performance last week at the Bing Crosby Theater.
Michael Smith, who manages the Bing, said his first inkling came when he looked out the window of the lobby and saw an alarming sight.
"I saw the people from the show running down the street with a ladder," said Smith.
Turns out, the show's big green parrot had flown the coop during intermission, swooped through the stage door, and winged its way across Lincoln Street. It was perched on the ledge of a fourth floor window at the Davenport Hotel.
The show's parrot wranglers set the ladder up on the sidewalk and tried to lure the parrot down. The parrot was stubborn and refused to budge.
The ladder and general hubbub attracted the attention of the Davenport's security people. They brought the frantic Popovich people into the hotel and took them up to the fourth floor room. They opened the window and talked the parrot off the ledge and into the room.
Those of us in the audience had no idea what was going on -- although I wondered why intermission went on so long.
The show resumed, with the usual retinue of 12 cats, 10 dogs, three geese -- and one adventuresome parrot.