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The Thing With Feathers

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense

About the show

The Barrow Group's world premiere drama tells the tale of an underage teenager who is seduced by an older man on the internet. Things however, may not be as straightforward as they seem. More…

'The Thing With Feathers' feels almost like a thriller as it unfolds what is ultimately a story of forgiveness. Featuring a cast of four, the new work promises to keep audiences on their toes until its surprising end.

Member Reviews (136)


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

Riveting, Fun, Exciting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if Within the issue of underage sexual connections, ​this is treated in an intelligent and very surprising way. Great plot twists.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to issues of underage sexual connections.

Also This was very surprising. Uncomfortable and riveting, especially the f... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy uncomfortable and suspenseful plays. Script is well crafted & timely w/ great plot twists. Riveting start to finish.

Don't see it if You dislike intense or unsettling shows. The story is uncomfortable but shines a light on a real life issues that are relevant today.

Also The show leaves you with lots to think about and talk about. Both at i... Read more Read less

Edgy, Creepy, Scary, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Thrilling, creepy first act with compelling characters and scary buildup. I was excited at intermission about what was to come.

Don't see it if The second act was just ok. The edgy suspense turned into sentimentality at the end. Captivating despite flaws.

Confusing, Melodramatic, Well preformed, Insipid, Not engaging

See it if you need an evening out. The play is weak but the performances are good.

Don't see it if you expect "well made plays" to be realistic. The plot is annoying revolving around stock expectations.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant

See it if You love contemporary drama with a terrific and timely story. The way in which technology has impacted us is of great interest to you See it

Don't see it if You are in the mood for a slapdash inane comedy about the relationships of parents and kids. This is NOT in any way shape or form a comedy !

Slow, Suspenseful yet predictable, Some high points

See it if you relish lots of “everything’s not as it seems” intrigue; you’re happy if there’s 1 exceptional moment even if the rest is just adequate

Don't see it if you dislike plays that look & feel exactly like television (esp tabloid-themed Lifetime originals that indulge parents' fears); BUT...

Also …there’s a part near the end that’s so good—when Zachary Booth deliver... Read more Read less

Twisty, tense, satisfying thriller

See it if teenage girl meets older man on the internet. You know it will go wrong, but how is a series of deft twists and turns. Zachary Booth excels

Don't see it if not a light entertainment, but a modern thriller with building tension. Well staged on a small set with a fine cast

Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Surprising

See it if you enjoy a great, unpredictable, and ultimately human story brought to life by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you missed out - hopefully this show will receive future productions.

Absorbing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if If you want to see a gripping story, that has many twists and turns. Strong acting, but, everyone matched the youngest actor's volume.

Don't see it if you don’t like stories about pedophiles. It was a disturbing script. It did lead to some good discussion afterward. ACTORS NEEDED TO PROJECT

Also 1st) If you go, sit close. I was in the first row, and could hear fine... Read more Read less

Timely, Riveting, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you've been yearning for a good mysterious story on stage. This was captivating from beginning to end--what a rare treat!

Don't see it if you've had enough of mother/daughter drama or are simply not interested in a mystery that is timely and relevant.

Confusing, Cliched, Edgy, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy soap opera suspense, plot twists, and studies of mother/daughter, male/female, black/white & older/younger person power struggles.

Don't see it if you abhor watching women as self-loathing, wining victims of men and of those women's own insecurity, weakness, naïveté, and poor judgment.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you are intrigued by family dramas. I found the story believable and extremely well acted.

Don't see it if you are put off by family conflicts and teenage angst.

Also It helped that I found each of the four characters to be sympathetic. ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You are interested in a family dramas and issues surrounding underage sexuality, internet perils and predatory relationships.

Don't see it if You want something light, or are triggered by stories of underage sexual relationships. It's not easy, but worth the journey.


See it if you want a show with an unexpected twist. While there is a slow start, this well acted play mostly keeps interest throughout.

Don't see it if you want a show with a definitive ending. There is also a little bit too much melodrama in the end.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Nicely twisty

See it if You like plot with twists you don’t see coming. Teen is excellent. relationship between mother and daughter interesting

Don't see it if You are too disturbed by predatory relationships. Mom role lacked a little intensity. Keeps your attention though and spurs conversation

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if You want be kept on the edge of your seat as this masterful tale of revenge unfolds The audience literally gasps at one point!.

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see this show--it's good enough to be on Broadway in my opinion.

Relevant, Ambitious, Timely, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows that deal with issues that are very relevant today and you don't mind shows that deal with uncomfortable topics.

Don't see it if you do not like shows that deal with serious and/or uncomfortable issues.

Absorbing, Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see a well directed and acted original play dealing with sex in the internet age - plot twists and turns surprising, riveting.

Don't see it if You find mother/daughter relationships overdone, and this one somewhat inappropriate-the teen girl is her mother's pal and in ways wiser.

Also Overall, I enjoyed this production. The first act is somewhat slow, bu... Read more Read less

Well designed & lit, Predictable, Good acting, Implausible soap opera script

See it if you like director Barrish's work; he gives the actors a solid base on which to hang this improbable tale of retribution and deception

Don't see it if unresolved endings or unconvincing plot twists bother you; honest exchanges between characters interest you more than plot driven duplicity

Also What begins as an engaging, contemporary look at the perils of online ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Very clever twists

See it if You're ok with a little creepy Surprising outcome

Don't see it if You're too creeped out by an internet predator

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You find a family drama with well-worn issues absorbing

Don't see it if You are looking for either laughs or song-and-dance

Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy shows that are relevant to modern life.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with sexual predation.

Also An interesting exploration of internet stalking. Startling surprises a... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like thrillers but otherwise, this poorly directed play disappoints. Bland acting, unbelievable plot, and one useless character​.

Don't see it if you want to see a truly developed and well-crafted play. So disappointed with what seemed to be such a promising premise.

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

See it if for a psychological drama with some suspense and twists along the way

Don't see it if certain sexual themes make you uncomfortable.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see something that will stay with you and make you think. Character decisions are tough to wrap your head around, in a good way

Don't see it if you don't value good acting & good storytelling. you lack empathy. You need an ending that really nails it.

Also I see a lot of people complaining about hair fussing, which i personal... Read more Read less

January 28th, 2018
"Niziak, who plays Anna, is also 16, and her command of the role is extraordinary—because she is so young, yes, but mainly because she is so entirely at home in her character’s skin...The play fatally falls apart at the end, but Organ keeps us entertained for a good long while before that...The l...
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January 22nd, 2018
"Onstage Lifetime movie...While the production by director Seth Barrish unfolds with the kind of gasp-inducing, popcorn-shoveling relish that we usually associate with televised guilty pleasures, this play still has some timely things to add to this strange moment in our sexual culture...The play...
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January 23rd, 2018
"Organ ensnares his characters in a ticking-bomb situation that will leave you in a constant state of tense expectation...Under Barrish's tautly controlled direction, this is a crackerjack psychological thriller, a series of muffled shocks hidden under the surface of everyday life, with each char...
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January 22nd, 2018
"As social commentary and cultural exposé, 'The Thing with Feathers' is timely and important...It succeeds as an old-style stage thriller and psychological melodrama that incorporates twenty-first century anxieties...In general director Barrish successfully balances the play's contemporary realis...
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