Feral NYC Reviews and Tickets

(41 Ratings)
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Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing, Quirky, Entertaining

About the Show

"Feral" is an innovative piece of visual theater that combines puppetry, film, and live sound to create and destroy a world in front of its audience’s eyes.

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84 Reviews | 27 Followers
Poignant, Inventive, Charming

See it if you like unconventional storytelling, lighthearted staging, morality plays. This sweet little piece smartly packages a universal truth.

Don't see it if you only like glossy, splashy, big shows or dislike puppetry. Read more

268 Reviews | 200 Followers
Fun!, Absorbing, Intelligent, A completely unique theater experience, Do not miss this one

See it if Is it acting? Is it theater? I don't know correct label, but I know it was an amazing hour in theater. The figures, the story, the town. GO

Don't see it if You have no imagination You do not love discovering new things You need everything spelled out clearly

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
Quirky, Different, Fun

See it if Fun to see the artists create the art with drawings, figures & props, contrasted with the video screen above. They let you on stage after!

Don't see it if You don't like cartoons for adults; you don't like 55 minute shows where you can see how everything was done from the stage afterwards.

216 Reviews | 58 Followers
Unique, Ambitious, Masterful, Clever

See it if want to see something completely different. The expert use of technology was impressive as was the swift movements on stage.

Don't see it if you want a story you can relate to; don't like puppet shows although this is much more than a puppet show Read more

408 Reviews | 86 Followers
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like animation and puppetry. It starts very cute but then gets more sinister. Stay after to get a closer look at the set.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional play and are not interested in animation and experimental works.

1074 Reviews | 371 Followers
Unusual, Absorbing, Thin story, Technically impressive, Visually stunning

See it if you like visual masterpieces. Live-film dazzles w extraordinary attn to detail. Performance art (not tradl theater). Clever and memorable.

Don't see it if you want devt of plot/character. If you're more verbal than visual, you may lose interest. Sh you watch film or crew? Visit stage after.

108 Reviews | 22 Followers
Slow, Quirky, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to get to know a group of young, experimental puppet theater makers.

Don't see it if You want to see a well thought out narrative with characters and throughlines.

1269 Reviews | 350 Followers
Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you want a different kind of show. Puppetry and visual effects mske for this an interesting performance. Simply set, plot but effective

Don't see it if If you want a more traditional, more professional type of playNice simple directionIf you want a big staged production, or somethingconvonl

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
May 23rd, 2019

"'Feral' is at its best when it answers the question of why live cinema is necessary for this story, as opposed to a more traditional film. Watching the performers — as they go under tables, scramble to position the puppets and improvise when technical difficulties arise — is a reminder of why we cling to beauty as the world around us falls apart."
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Time Out New York
May 24th, 2019

"The design is charming and careful...Despite the cute round-headed figurines, this show clearly isn’t meant for kids. So why is it so deliberately simplistic...I don’t know. For a British audience, who would find those things too obvious for words, there might be a different thrill here...’Feral’ seems rather hysterical. Despite the omniscience of the puppet techniques, it’s a child’s-eye view of the world.”
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May 22nd, 2019

“'Feral' employs an incredibly complex design to convey a simplistic narrative...A more nuanced script might examine decades of austerity policy fortified by Thatcherite indifference toward anyone unwilling...to adapt to a shifting economy...Unfortunately, the highly visual but sparingly verbal form ‘Feral’ takes is ill-equipped to process such complexities. The overall design is impressive, but the story leaves us scratching our heads.”
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Lighting & Sound America
May 23rd, 2019

"What is especially impressive about 'Feral' is how the original images, filled with optimism, are so quickly replaced by those of ruin...The methodology practiced at Tortoise in a Nutshell doesn't allow for nuance or even much drama...In any case, the sheer creativity of the troupe is sufficient to hold one's attention for the brief, fifty-minute running time.'Feral' is a visually gripping achievement, conjuring up a series of images that are surprisingly hard to shake off."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 22nd, 2019

“A journey that will take us from spritely whimsy to dark cynicism in just under an hour...It uses barebones techniques...to share its storytelling art with an audience. Other than the camera and projection equipment, the tools are the simplest of ones...While it is definitely interesting to watch the crew working within a tight space to stay on top of things without tripping over one another, a better focused storyline would help to move the experience from documentary exhibition mode to drama.”
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May 23rd, 2019

"On reading in a press release that 'Feral' is a 'multimedia' production incorporating puppetry and 'immersive soundscapes,' you would have only a vague idea of the ingenuity and inventiveness of this likable little play-a Scottish production presented as part of the Brits Off Broadway series at 59E59 Theaters."
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Exeunt Magazine
May 23rd, 2019

"It suffers from this kind of controlling foreshadowing which is hard to ignore in an already slight 50-minute tale...There is skillful artistry in the visual design as well with some fantastic character perspective shots from one building to another filmed with the small handheld cameras...But structurally, the story is largely observational...While watching these artists work feverishly to keep the images flowing and visuals popping, the story suffers from a contrived emotional core."
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Broadway Blog
May 22nd, 2019

"An air of primitive technique masks the great sophistication of the town's remarkably detailed features…The cameras cut from close-ups to pans to zooms to tracking shots. We observe the puppeteers manipulating the lamps to create a panoply of expertly executed effects...Other than Joe's loss of boyhood innocence, the work's thematic points are never clearly expressed…For anyone interested in puppetry done as devised theatre, and less than an hour to spare, definitely worth a look-see."
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