Rare Birds

Rare Birds NYC Reviews and Tickets

(35 Reviews)
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Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense

About the Show

The Red Fern Theatre Company presents the world premiere of this drama about adolescent violence and the perils of love. 

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Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Predictable

See it if You're interested in seeing a well acted, very real feeling show about being a misfit and being bullied and cause/effect of homophobia.

Don't see it if You hope to see anything more than what amounts to a very accurate portrayal of the situation without any sort of ideas for change. Read more

Uneven, Heavy-handed, Relevant, Great acting, Frustrating

See it if you want to see a couple of really good performances (despite one pretty bad one) in a play that maybe feels like it needed one more draft.

Don't see it if you'd be annoyed by an overwritten play that spells out every plot point and theme so clearly you almost feel the author thinks you're dumb.


See it if you want see a nice gritty show with some surprises. The acting is good, very nice show.

Don't see it if you are sick of stories about kids getting bullied Read more

Current, Ingredients = sexting, bullying, teen suicide, birds, Another ingredient = sublimating gay impulse, Outsider memes, Relevant

See it if another look at outsider teen dealing with bullying, suicide, parenting mistakes, first kisses, crushes, birds is engaging night in theater

Don't see it if kitchensink/bedroom drama, teen suicide, guns, bullying, sexting, birds, single moms, never married boyfriends, small town dynamics bother u

Well meaning x good acting x clichéd

See it if you want to see some good young actors tackle a serious subject,bullying, (both cyber and physical).

Don't see it if you don't want clichés & a sometimes less than believable story lines. Only one character is genuinely likeable.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play about high school bullying. You want to see a play about a mother with a son that needs counseling.

Don't see it if The subject of bullying bothers you. Rude and obnoxious behavior towards the mothers boyfriend bothers you. Read more

Topical, Great writing, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Constantly rang true play about bullying. No loose ends. Quirky kid who loves birds but can't (& doesn't want to) fit in. Painfully true~

Don't see it if Some uneven acting & a few questionable ommissions to the story. At times this play will make you uncomfortable because bullying is so real~

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you want to see a relevant play about real-life and cyber bullying. Good story and nice acting performances by all involved

Don't see it if you are upset by bullying, homophobic slurs, guns.

Critic Reviews (10)

Talkin' Broadway
March 30th, 2017

“It does suffer from some clunky plot elements. But it shows real strength in its depiction of Evan, brought richly to life through Jake Glassman's compelling performance…Unfortunately, the other characters are less carefully developed and fall into clichéd and predictable patterns…While director Scott Ebersold elicits excellent performances from the cast, the play itself would be much stronger if those in orbit around Evan had been more fully developed.”
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Theatre is Easy
April 1st, 2017

“Well written, with dark comedy, intense drama, and an intriguing plot arc…The main characters are complex and believable, with deep inner lives. The peripheral characters are less developed, occasionally falling into the realm of cliché. But overall the play keeps the audience captivated—that is, until the tension-filled climax resolves with a less than believable feel-good ending…Still, 'Rare Birds' checks off many of the boxes of a great play...A memorable emotional journey.”
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Theater In The Now
April 2nd, 2017

"If Adam Szymkowicz's story sounds familiar it's because it, well, is...Szymkowicz doesn't offer a new perspective on the theme. For the most part, the plot is predictable. The characters fit into common stereotypes...Director Scott Eberold needed to somehow infuse more humor at the start to avoid the weighty topic becoming too overwhelming...'Rare Birds' is a play that thrives on the emotional content. It unfortunately begged too hard for it."
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April 3rd, 2017

"'Rare Birds' proves that talent and skill can make an 'issue' piece a compelling work of art. What’s rare is Szymkowicz’s gift for naturalistic dialogue. Enacted by a cast with saber-sharp timing under the skillful direction of Scott Ebersold...The finely constructed and sharply executed dialogue makes us ride along eagerly even through some less ostensibly believable scenes...It’s a winner from start to finish."
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On Stage Blog
April 2nd, 2017

"The moment when one reaches out to help the other starts a chain reaction of understanding. But before the patch of blue sky is seen, the director Scott Ebersold suffocates the audience with adolescent violence, humiliation, and neglect. However, 'Rare Birds' is far from being black-and-white. The tight-fit cast takes us on a very real and emotional journey, where you sob one moment and laugh the next."
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March 30th, 2017

“The production plumbs the depths of how cruel teenagers can be…It's a fascinating story, but also a rather bleak one…A ticking time bomb that leaves audiences cringing more often than smiling…What sells this show is the acting, a compelling performance by a core of six actors dedicated to telling every bit of truth in the script...It's unclear by the end of the play if 'Rare Birds' is just Evan's story, or an ensemble narrative...Still, it's an emotional and fitting ending for Evan himself."
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March 30th, 2017

"The themes explored in 'Rare Birds' are heavy and often disheartening. The script does offer moments of levity and humor, but this production fails to let those moments shine, and so suffers from a constant weight on the shoulders of the characters and the audience...Szymkowicz’s script has a lot to offer, and director Scott Ebersold makes a noble attempt at bringing it fully to life. This production is effective, but doesn’t quite stand out as a must-see production."
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April 14th, 2017

"The script is well crafted, never flagging, with carefully wrought dialogue...Scott Ebersold has directed masterfully. He keeps the stage fluid and dynamic, and he allows his actors to shine. The entire cast performs well, although the two bullies aren’t given much to do except to be mean...And so 'Rare Birds' is a well-executed production of a script that lacks cultural truth. In this topsy-turvy dramatic world, the gays bully the straights. Mr. Szymkowicz needs to rethink his concept."
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White Rhino Report
April 4th, 2017

“Deeply moving...Playwright Szymkowicz has sensitively drawn each of these characters, and director Scott Ebersold has molded this ensemble into a team that functions with passion and conviction. The overall impact is strong and sobering, getting across a message of anti-bullying without being preachy or polemical.”
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March 30th, 2017

"A plot that had us cringing and squirming and flinching—and at just the right moments, laughing to release the tension, only to build it back up again...Ebersold has this talented cast delivering every well-written line with emotion so perfect that you can't help feeling compassion for each character's problems...There are a couple of areas that could use just a tiny bit of work...Nonetheless, feel free to bring your greatest expectations to this production and you will not be disappointed."
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