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. More…
'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.
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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
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