Already closed | 1h 25m | Midtown W

Eco Village

From 34 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

Sex. Drugs. Organic farming. This new drama explores the limits of human connection and the costs of utopia .

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When temporarily homeless Robin hitchhikes her way to an eco-village seen online, all she wants is a warm meal, a place to sleep, and some new friends. Instead, she finds a parallel universe, where survival skills and New Age optimism collide with sexual competition. When Robin falls for Jake, a brilliant but tormented handyman, their connection sets off a series of events that reveal the limits of human connection and the costs of utopia.

Please note that the Theatre at St. Clement's is not wheelchair accessible. The theater is located up a flight of stairs.


1h 25m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Disappointing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious
70
Avg Score

67
Great set, Ambitious, Too many unbelievable moments, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You can be entertained with a unique script, even if it’s flawed. Too many eye roll moments to be forgiven but not a bad effort.

Don't see it if You expect perfection. This is definitely a work in progress but there are a few things worth seeing here and the playwright has promise.

59
Confusing, Banal, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if You want some good actors. A really good set. If your interested in hippies and a commune style play.

Don't see it if If you want to see something meaningful or well written. This is another jumbled, non factual global warming story.

68
Disappointing, Great staging, Confusing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a look at a young people's commune in today's "green" society. Some good points made/explored on a fantastic set.

Don't see it if you expect to hear every word - actors talk in all directions and I missed a lot. Immature audience reactions made it difficult to enjoy.

69
Ambitious, Confusing, Resonant, Interesting staging, Indulgent

See it if you remember the communes of the 1960 & 70's. The situation catches the intentions and innocence of that era.

Don't see it if you need logical theatrical structure. Some of the actions make no sense while others are have weirdly disproportional responses.

70
Cliched, Disappointing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Sanguine millennial vies for acceptance with self-suffiency community of misfits. Detailed Off-B'way set. Remains on plot-track. Good lead.

Don't see it if Low-quality Off-B'way status. Strobe effects. Violence. Drugs. Alcohol. Whip cracking. Knives.Toys. Repeated dominatrix aspirations.Cliches.

71
Better than expected

See it if You want to see something original with a really great set

Don't see it if You are expecting a solid and polished script

Also I always get nervous When tickets are available for a production on sh... Read more Read less

70
Well-written, if not well-resolved, Absorbing, Ambitious production values, Resonant, Young, committed if inaudible cast

See it if You're up for a good looking production, well paced and clever if ultimately unresolved, in the end rather fantastic story

Don't see it if You can't deal with themes involving hippies, idealism, communal Utopian living, lesbians, free sex, drugs, orgies or young adults.

Also Two things right up front: 1) this is a clever, constantly moving, wel... Read more Read less

68
Village idiots

See it if In the neighborhood and need a quick culture experience.

Don't see it if Surrounded by obnoxious hippies obsessed with avoiding society. Peace out. Dopey audiences with noisy phones prevail here.

Also Excellent music before and after the show. Amazing set stuffed with de... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You are curious about life off the cultural grid

Don't see it if You like theater with a point. In this case what the main character derives from her experience is inconsistent with the experience itself.

75
Absorbing, Cliched

See it if you want to have an innocuous theatrical experience that pretends it's profound. good acting and decent staging.

Don't see it if You want a intelligent analysis of a real problem This goes for the sitcom approach.

65
Absorbing, Confusing

See it if You don't like musicals. It is straight acting. Acting was good. Staging was good.

Don't see it if You like straight acting.

69
Entertaining, Edgy, Disappointing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You are interested in new works, exploration into identity, family, idealism, escapism, sexual freedom via commune of millennials

Don't see it if You want a realistic story and believable, likeable characters.

70
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a bunch of hippies trying to figure out their lives via the eco village

Don't see it if You want something light, and sophisticated

70
Relevant, Banal, Confusing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like to see rather cliche stories of people trying to start a new world.

Don't see it if You expect a deep thoughtful play.

69
Resonant, Relevant, Dramatic

See it if you enjoy plays with young enthusiastic casts and characters who are lost and looking for a place to belong and a purpose in life.

Don't see it if you prefer drama with more mature characters and are less episodic.

51
Indulgent, Insipid, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you like a throwback to the 60's; staging was good though

Don't see it if you want good writing or a compelling story

70
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you like plays about people with psychological issues and a lot of baggage and who are trying to find themselves

Don't see it if you get easily disturbed by plays with painful interpersonal dynamics. If you need a convincing ending. If you need convincing characters

68
Ambitious, Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Good staging

See it if Interestingly-staged but slow-moving stories about young people who are trying to find their way in a cultish community.

Don't see it if You are troubled by depictions of communal living drugs, violence, sex or homosexual characters.

Also This show doesn't seem to know what it wants to be - manifesto? romanc... Read more Read less

76
Uneven, Quirky

See it if Thing the idea of broken people trying to form a utopia sounds interesting

Don't see it if you are epileptic or have a problem with strobe lights. Also, the show is never fully realized in a weird way.

Also This was an odd show in that the script was.. not great? The show was ... Read more Read less

85
Cliched, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy drama done by young actors. It's predictable, but still enjoyable.

Don't see it if Strobe lights bother you.

Also The theme was similar to the 2000 movie "the beach". I thought the act... Read more Read less

50
Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You are a child of the hippie era. It reminded me a lot of what communal living might have been like with different personalities.

Don't see it if If you don't like a show with a lot of expletives and sexual situations. Best appreciated if you were of the hippie era.

During previews
65
Messy, Weird, Cliched, Overwritten

See it if you’d like to visit a contemporary hippie commune, 50 years on.

Don't see it if strobe lights bother you: only 1 scene has them, but they are intense.

Also Just before the climactic scene of this jumble of a play, “ECO VILLAGE... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Interesting, Quirky, Edgy

See it if you are interested in young adults issues and relationships or enjoy a bit of mystery and suspense with some twists.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to open sex relationships, drug use and their consequences or if you prefer more mature characters and intricate plots.

During previews
48
Insipid, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if you want to see a great stage set only to be followed by childishly written and over acted play.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that should make you think but just doesn't.

During previews
98
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you appreciate realistic, contemporary but timeless drama examining complexity and difficulty of relationships/adult identity development.

Don't see it if you limit live entertainment to large cast musicals, comedies, or light uncontroversial themes or cannot sit or focus for 90 minutes.

Also In my opinion, thematically unique, thought and conversation provoking... Read more Read less


January 29th, 2019
“Nir’s utopia-in-the-wilderness yarn ‘Eco Village’, is inept...With turgid writing and overacting...Thinly written characters in clichéd situations are a challenge for the actors who all go full throttle with their forceful characterizations...There’s not much in the way of plot other than behavi...
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