The Thing With Feathers
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The Thing With Feathers

The Thing With Feathers NYC Reviews and Tickets

(136 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (136)

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538 Reviews | 157 Followers
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 !

380 Reviews | 138 Followers
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. Read more

209 Reviews | 38 Followers
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.

1020 Reviews | 952 Followers
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. Read more

601 Reviews | 107 Followers
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.

360 Reviews | 76 Followers
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.

993 Reviews | 1054 Followers
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. Read more

117 Reviews | 23 Followers
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
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 later sections of the play feel contrived in a way that nothing that comes before does; he is determined to let a concept rule the action. The characters, sprung to life, have long since taken over."
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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 develops at an exceedingly slow boil in the first half as we watch these bland people interact...Whatever the flaws of the production, the subject matter of the play is too interesting to resist."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 character taking a turn as the aggressor...Organ clearly knows how to sneak up on an audience, trapping us as easily as he entangles his characters in crimes past and present."
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Talkin' Broadway
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 realism and melodramatic flourishes. The play takes some time, unfortunately, to come to a boil...The ending is disappointing. The message seems tacked on and not organic to the play."
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January 28th, 2018

“Though there's a major surprise lurking at the top of the second act, and though it's about how sins of the past can impinge on the present, Scott Organ's ‘The Thing with Feathers’ is ultimately a play without many virtues. Early references to Emily Dickinson and poetry--the title comes from a bastardization of a Dickinson poem--fail to lift the work out of the made-for-TV movie-of-the-week sensibility that keeps bringing it down.”
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Theatre is Easy
January 23rd, 2018

"A fantastic cast navigates the script's convoluted relationships...The cast is able to pivot quickly into mixing scary with funny to keep the audience shocked with unexpected twists and turns...The bar is set high in the first act; unfortunately, once the play's secrets are revealed in the second, the surprise and delight diminishes...Despite some disappointing elements, 'Feathers' is the kind of show that can help propel the conversations we need to be having."
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Theater Pizzazz
January 22nd, 2018

"The playwright Scott Organ very skillfully and incrementally introduces piece by piece of the plot and turns each bit of information on its ear as he adds the next piece. The actors are perfectly cast...The relationships created...are beautifully portrayed and so fully realized that the surprises flow inevitably...This is a very enjoyable evening dealing with unsettling issues. It demands a juicy conversation on the way home."
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Front Row Center
January 24th, 2018

“A creepy pleasure…There is something a bit Hitchcock in this work. One fact slides into another until there is a very slow motion pileup on the freeway to happiness…This is one of the many delicious qualities of the writing – days later a person will still be mulling over the events to see how one led into the other…The second act does not fare as well as the first…The plot becomes predictable. Organ does, however, come close to saving it all with a bit of fancy footwork.”
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