Chickens in the Yard
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Chickens in the Yard
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Chickens in the Yard NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(33 Reviews)
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Members say
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

About the Show

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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Member Reviews (33)

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796 Reviews | 219 Followers
85
Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Delightful, 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.

689 Reviews | 152 Followers
90
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Resonant

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

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
84
Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Riveting, Ambitious

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

332 Reviews | 43 Followers
74
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic, Great writing, Funny

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.

184 Reviews | 82 Followers
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. Read more

137 Reviews | 33 Followers
82
Clever, Funny

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.

139 Reviews | 18 Followers
81
Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you like an unusual approach to family conflicts

Don't see it if you prefer less abstraction

127 Reviews | 19 Followers
95
Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Great casting, Entertaining

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (2)

The New York Times
July 3rd, 2017

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
June 30th, 2017

"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."
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