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The Wild Parrots of Campbell

From 49 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Great staging

About the show

Set in a rundown house of a California suburb, this world premiere drama looks at the chaos that erupts when a roommate invites a girl to move in.

From the show:

In a rundown house of a California suburb, a group of loser twenty-something roommates find their slacker existence threatened when one of the friends invites a girl he met online to move in, igniting tensions and digging up the home’s past familial trauma.


Member Reviews (49)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Slow, Great staging
77
Avg Score

20
Dreadful, Predictable, Cliched, Poorly written, Excruciating

See it if You know someone in the cast or crew and want to be supportive.

Don't see it if You want more than an occasional spark of decent acting from an otherwise dull, drudge filled two plus hours of millennial melodrama.

Also There was not one performance or storyline that I found believable in ... Read more Read less

83
Complex, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant

See it if Emotionally damaged young people seek refuge in a house that is haunted by past trauma. Relationship fireworks lead to self searching.

Don't see it if You are uninterested in flailing 20-somethings. One character was stereotypical comic relief.

Also I liked the contradictions: the parrots are reliable company but cruel... Read more Read less

81
Relevant, Good acting, Slow, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if u want to observe a group of Gen Z slackers as they navigate young adulthood (& self-destruction) in a perceptive, fresh backyard drama.

Don't see it if ur looking for explosive drama, fast-paced storytelling & tidy endings; u simply can't relate to the young-life crises of Gen Z/Millennials.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by Alex Riad's The Floor Is Lava (and John ... Read more Read less

78
Well written, Slow, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Extremely well played & staged, its' Reid's writing that captivates While overwritten, it unfolds at its own pace providing its tension

Don't see it if The influences are fairly evident; notably Shepard & Guirgis the storytelling is very potent Characterizations can often be one-dimensional

75
Edgy, Intense, Great acting, Well directed, Thought-provoking

See it if subtle direction of complex interwoven character backgrounds interests you. Five people each exploring deep wells pain.

Don't see it if tobacco smoke bothers you. The auditorium is small and the actors smoke on stage.

79
Intelligent, Enjoyable, Inconsistent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Not as strong as The Floor is Lava but has a lot going for it. Similar psychological candor re expectations & growth makes it worthwhile.

Don't see it if Both Lava & Parrots feature chrctrs at parties they aren’t enjoying. If dissatisfaction w/ surface contentment doesn’t interest, might skip.

Also Fantastic performance from Evan Hall. ... Read more Read less

65
I think there may be a great story in here., Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want a play with a relatively interesting plotline. We meet our cast in a round robin, several critical points are brushed over here.

Don't see it if You want an overstuffed, underdeveloped play. 2 hours 20 min and a lot of door slamming. The plots could have been streamlined and allowed

Also to be interconnected earlier. We dont really feel attached to any of o... Read more Read less

93
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A evening of drama which was emotionally wrapped in sadness & denial produced a true winning formula. Kudos to the entire cast. Thumbs up!

Don't see it if You are allergic to tobacco smoke. It is a key component to the emotional release of pinned up feelings.

Also I cannot say enough great things about this drama. The show is closing... Read more Read less

86
Intense, Great writing, Funny, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You enjoy story telling at its finest. The relationships between the characters was funny, poignant and very intense.

Don't see it if Your looking for an evening of nothing but light hearted fluff

90
Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You appreciate the complexities of family relationships , smart writing and well developed characters

Don't see it if You want a snappy story with a happy ending, or a big production. This is an intimate theater in the round. 2+hrs

78
Meandering, Great staging, Great acting, Needs editing

See it if You want to see a story about a group of friends that you like but don't find exactly riveting.

Don't see it if You expect to come away with a clear understanding of the characters even after 2 hours and 20 mins.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great dialogue and well drawn interested characters exploring a complicated array of themes. enjoy dramas about family trauma

Don't see it if you mind a play being a bit overstuffed with ideas so that not all pay off. Mind a lack of a strong resolution.

Also This play is very nearly great. The dialogue is sharp and at times eve... Read more Read less

80
Resonant, Absorbing

See it if Young people problem s

Don't see it if Dislike teenage slackers

85
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like a well written family story performed by very good actors

Don't see it if You like musicals or comedies.

79
Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see some very talented young actors dealing with subjects of loss, addiction, family issues and just plain unhappiness.

Don't see it if You have trouble sitting through a 2 and a half hour play. A bit too long considering where it ends up. Climax could use some rethinking.

89
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like character-driven stories about relationships, baggage, trauma, etc. that are wonderfully acted and written. Lots of humor, too.

Don't see it if you lack empathy, you don't like flawed characters, you don't like to think/witness authentic dialogue and only want lots of action

95
Must see, Riveting, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a well developed play and complicated family dynamics. This is sensitive, intelligent, complex and moving and captured my heart.

Don't see it if You are not into the nitty gritty of family members in a complex and powerfully dynamic moment in their lives it asks us to listen.

62
Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You like new plays that are character studies.

Don't see it if You like new plays that are plot driven.

Also I struggled to like this more "OK" because I didn't feel I new much ab... Read more Read less

73
Manic pixie dream girl vibes, Kitchen sink drama, Predictable, Realism, Gritty

See it if you love some good ole fashioned angsty young person plays, like plays about outsiders or well acted millennial dramas

Don't see it if you have a short attention span (it's a long play), if you are looking for a feminist story, lots of screaming men but what's new

Also This play is an accurate portrayal of 4 Cali kids on the outskirts of ... Read more Read less

60
Quirky, Resonant, Slow

See it if You like to see new plays that are about characters existing in today's world.

Don't see it if You like to see plays that are plot driven or plot heavy.

Also Could still use some trimming. I didn't buy the relationship between t... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Cliched

See it if A small character study about lost youth is your cup of tea.

Don't see it if A large plot driven show is your cup of tea.

Also There’s some good scenes but overall the play feels bloated. Watching ... Read more Read less

55
Been there, done that, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you want to support yet another playwright who seems determined to write the same play over and over and over again.

Don't see it if you don’t want to support yet another playwright who seems determined to write the same play over and over and over again.

Also Find something new to say.

62
Unmemorable

See it if you need to see every show

Don't see it if looking for a show with that requires an audience goer to be engaged and also stimulated either emotionally or intelligently.

Also A fluffy dramedy with melodramatic turns by several actors (lots of co... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like strong realistic dialogue between millennials. If you feel you can relate.

Don't see it if Want a strong plot, some scenes go on too long

78
Good acting, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy earnest theater looking for human connection

Don't see it if you enjoy Bway blockbuster style


December 10th, 2019
"Squawking slackers in the compelling world premiere 'THE WILD PARROTS OF CAMPBELL' from NOW Collective at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre"
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December 11th, 2019
"There is a hint of Sam Shepard in Alex Riad's well-acted play, which focuses on the troublesome post-teen, pre-adult years for a group of slackers and lost souls."
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December 11th, 2019
"Hall gives a detailed rendering of Jack. Watch as he approaches Amanda from behind, unwilling to startle her, so he slightly dips his body to come into her field of vision. And he excels in that hoary standby, the drunken monologue."
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