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Chickens in the Yard

Members say: Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny
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Critics
75
2 reviews
Members
86
33 reviews
 

Adjusted Realists presents a play about a gay couple in a rustic Pittsburgh home being pulled in opposing directions by career prospects and family tensions.

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'Chickens in the Yard' is no conventional domestic drama. Echoing every emotional beat in this expansive work are the lives of the home's chickens: intense, inscrutable, and surprisingly human. As the spotlight shifts between man and fowl, 'Chickens in the Yard' scratches at the thin skin of contemporary relationships, with parallel creatures yearning for love and normalcy in a deeply abnormal world.

 

Cast & Creatives (11)


Reviews (35)

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75
Avg Score

75
The New York Times

"In Kruse’s intriguing one-act play...all four cast members play both species. The very idea may sound like a parody of an acting class exercise, but the transitions from walking and speaking to pecking and clucking are sometimes stunning...There’s plenty of conflict...Maybe 'Chickens in the Yard' isn’t quite transporting or transcendent, but it has humor, heart and an elegant, deceptive surface simplicity. And this production is cunningly directed by Taylor and beautifully acted." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

"An emotionally subtle, surreal play...The four actors are excellent as both humans and birds. Their shifts between species happen right in the middle of a scene, allowing for seamless transitions. Although there are certain parallels between the worlds of humans and fowl, Kruse thankfully never reduces the relationship between them to a simple moralistic metaphor." Full Review

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86
Avg Score

81
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you like an unusual approach to family conflicts

Don't see it if you prefer less abstraction

74
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing

See it if You want to see a great cast in an intimate setting performing a great play. You want to see the cast do fantastic chicken impressions.

Don't see it if You don't like plays in intimate settings. You are not comfortable seeing scenes with male partners showing affection towards each other.

78
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a show that's different ,you enjoy seeing actors portray chickens, and you want to laugh

Don't see it if You want to see a serious drama

85
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want an emotional ride through issues humans deal with daily.

Don't see it if you are close-minded about family relationships and the stress they may cause.

84
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting

See it if Kruse's wildly inventive domestic drama is a quirky mash-up of gay relationships, familial bonds & Orwell's Animal Farm Outstanding acting

Don't see it if Accepting the idiosyncratic nature of the play's world a must Subject matter familiar but the delivery is the knock-out Very well staged

82
Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy a unique play with interesting transitions from the actors from people to chickens.

Don't see it if you are expecting fully developed characters, you want a play that leaves you wanting more - perfect length at 75 minutes.

87
Clever, Delightful

See it if The juxtaposition of the two types of creatures worked really well, and not just for laughs.

Don't see it if You are easily put off by the ridiculous.

90
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you like rule-breaking, inventive comedy with actors playing both humans & chickens, family stories filled with warmth, touching situations

Don't see it if slightly absurd plays turn you off, you can't abide gay characters presented naturally, a lot of cackling, scratching & pecking bothers you

95
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Great casting

See it if you don't mind watching two concurrent plays - depicting humor & drama in the lives of a "modern" family and their "chicken" counterparts.

Don't see it if you find it childish for actors to portray chicken on stage -it just sounds like so but it's very serious acting that is both fun & moving.

Also The open staging is very smart use of the space, and kudos for the lig... Read more Read less

76
Creative, Quirky, Entertaining, Simple but sweet

See it if you'd like to see the most realistic human-chickens ever. You're up for a pleasant but unchallenging relationship story of a gay couple.

Don't see it if you want a challenging or thought-provoking show. If you hate the sound of clucking chickens (it's very realistic!).

Also The chicken noises are impressive, and the interpolation of chickens i... Read more Read less

74
Promising playwright, Committed and game cast, Satisfying use of limited resources

See it if you want to see largely early career artists doing good work on a shoestring. Impressive direction, movement work, design and sound design.

Don't see it if Actors playing, yes, chickens (as well as humans) turns you off.

Also A modestly interesting, somewhat predictable domestic drama that disti... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Moving, Great direction/acting

See it if You are curious to see an very original take on family drama.

Don't see it if Gay characters or chickens upset you.

Also Here is a chance to see creative, original theater with heart and humo... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky

See it if a touching and funny play with actors transitioning beautifully from humans to chickens might appeal.

Don't see it if a somewhat absurdist play is not for you.

71
Funny, Surreal, Touching

See it if ..you enjoy domestic drama with surreal elements. Four members of the cast play both humans and chicken, transitioning seamlessly

Don't see it if ..you are in the mood for epic story and sets

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Resonant

See it if you want a truly unique, masterful & seamless study of the emotion underlying humanity in an entertaining, aesthetically beautiful format.

Don't see it if you have no soul.

Also I was very skeptical after reading the description but this was an ama... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see new, intelligent theatre that breaks the bounds of realism that is poignant, funny & unexpected; great writing, acting, dir.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of alternative realism (surrealism). However, it's sort of masterful how the two are blended.

89
Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if This unique gem of a show kept me entertained the entire time.

Don't see it if I had to pause for a long time on this section. There is no reason not to see this show.

95
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some really interesting physical acting, a strong ensemble, an interesting story, and a whole lotta tinfoil walls.

Don't see it if A minimalist set or the sound of windchimes bothers you.

97
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like family drama, LGBT romance, people acting like chickens, laughs, tears and tin foil walls.

Don't see it if you can't handle exploring the complexities of familial relationships, or simulated chicken violence.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Engaging

See it if you like terrific directing and fine acting. A thoroughly engaging 75 minutes. wonderfully inventive and surprising.

Don't see it if like car crashes, special effects and stupidity.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you are moved by the soulfulness and sensitivity of both humans and animals as they navigate their lives and loves moment by moment...

Don't see it if you are solely looking to be diverted rather than transformed

100
Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if It is a wonderful show and I recommend it to everyone

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals

100
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something new and different.

Don't see it if hate live theater.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like outside-the-box theater from new voices.

Don't see it if Oh, just see it with an open mind.

100
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to see actors slowly reveal their character.

Don't see it if You just want a light day at the theater, and don't want to work that hard.