Eve's Song
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Eve's Song NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(42 Reviews)
Positive
59%
Mixed
36%
Negative
5%
Members say
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing

About the Show

Filled with dark humor and boiling suspense, "Eve's Song" is a genre-bending new drama that examines our present racial climate through the story of the haunting of a black family in America.

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67
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if If you want a show on racial issues and what people go through, family issues.

Don't see it if If you want a show that does not deal with racial issues.

86
Funny, Sharp, Loose, Timely, Well played

See it if you'd like to see a sharply drawn piece for the era of #BlackLivesMatter that focuses on the women lost to needless violence.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight drama: this 1 takes lots of liberties with the form. Read more

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
November 7th, 2018

"Lloyd’s disconnected, macabre comedy...A smart, vivid concept still in search of full dramatic development. What it has to say about black lives in peril is genuinely terrifying, but mostly in the way that sobering statistics or news analyses are...It is as a lesbian identity story that ‘Eve’s Song’ works best. The show is never more winning or convincing than when we’re allowed to spend time in Lauren’s head as she sorts out just who she wants to be.”
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Time Out New York
November 7th, 2018

“The first half of ‘Eve’s Song’ plays as kooky dark comedy, but supernatural elements assert themselves with increasing frequency as the action progresses...Bonney guides the cast on a disquieting journey from humor to tragedy; newcomer Raquel is especially impressive as the sensitive Lauren...As plays about racial violence flood New York stages in an overdue cascade, Lloyd rises above the tide on the strength of her original voice."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 8th, 2018

"It’s effortful and diffuse, with a forced, sitcomish sense of humor that dissolves into long stretches of maudlin faux-poetry. Director Jo Bonney is working hard but can barely keep the play knitted together, it’s such an undisciplined grab bag of varying tones, loose logic, and banal theatrical tropes...Meanwhile, it’s difficult to tell whether and where Lloyd and Bonney are aiming for parody."
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Theatermania
November 7th, 2018

"It's a comedy — a very funny one...It'll also leave you shaken...Lloyd displays a luminous voice, at once uproarious and melancholy...Each performance has its own haunted quality...Not many people can weave a thread of humor into a play about violence against women in the African-American community, while making sure it also hits you hard in the stomach. Lloyd does both, and with the added attraction of making it feel like a credible ghost story...An exciting debut effort."
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Lighting & Sound America
November 9th, 2018

“’Eve's Song’ offers a sharply drawn study of a middle-class black family under stress...’Eve's Song’ has many gripping passages, especially when the characters are baring their souls...but the playwright hasn't provided a central conflict...so it moves in an oddly stately fashion through a series of scenes that are more lie illustrations of an argument than the building blocks of drama...Thus, a play filled with menace and the threat of violence feels strangely becalmed.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 7th, 2018

“A riveting production about the plight of black women in America...’Eve's Song’, with its mix of satire, domestic drama, and elements of the supernatural, is both rooted in history and as current as today's headlines, a deft coming together of #blacklivesmatter and #metoo as told by a masterful storyteller...Much credit must go to director Jo Bonney, who manages to keep the intentionally disparate components of tone and style from clashing.”
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New York Stage Review
November 7th, 2018

“Bonney directs with the right restraint, and the cast members respond to her. Aziza, Raquel, Green and Kelley hit the right levels throughout. For the Spirit Women roles, which call for adjuring restraint, Miller, Watson-Jih and Williams hit the right elevated notes...’Eve’s Song’ is a hard-hitting screed that arrives at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has had to form due to daily intimations that black lives don’t particularly matter.”
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New York Stage Review
November 7th, 2018

"Expressive as she is with words, Lloyd is not entirely in control of her narrative...Jo Bonney, the director, smoothly coordinates the text’s transitions between monologues and dialogue in conjunction with lighting designer Lap Chi Chu and set designer Riccardo Hernandez, who rearranges subtly iridescent walls for various locations. Their visual realization for the story’s grievous conclusion is apt. The play’s tricky shifts in tone are not so successfully managed, however."
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TheaterScene.net
November 19th, 2018

“Both a theatrical surprise and a very accomplished dramatic work, Patricia Ione Lloyd's ‘Eve's Song’ is one of the best theatrical experiences to be had in New York at this time. With a cast led by De'Adre Aziza who is well known to Public Theater audiences, director Jo Bonney, totally attuned to the author's unique style, delivers an exquisite and provocative evening in the theater. It is always a pleasure to herald the arrival of a new and talented writer, particularly one as masterly.”
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CurtainUp
November 9th, 2018

“’A state-of-the-nation play that serves as commentary on how perilous it is to be black...The sequences with the Spirit Women are more visually striking than anything else...Yet the playwright, director...haven't figured out how to integrate these unsettling scenes into the larger saga...A minor complaint about a play that depicts so vividly and with such humor the toxic effects of racism, the tenderness of family affection, and the aching metamorphosis from youth to maturity."
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Front Row Center
November 12th, 2018

"A searing exposé of what it means to be black and female in America today...With 'Eve’s Song,' Patricia Ione Lloyd does what women have always done through the ages, looks with compassion, humor, insight, bravery and unwavering strength at what has to be done, and takes it on...'Eve’s Song' is a remarkably sophisticated and nuanced play to have been written by someone as young as Ms. Lloyd. But she seems to be a remarkable and eloquent person."
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Front Mezz Junkies
November 8th, 2018

"Lloyd’s new and dynamic exploration of what it means to be a black person living in the violence and danger of racist America...'Eve’s Song' sings the conflict and troubling scenario with a strangely altered and comedic tone circulating around a difficult subject aiming its shots clearly on target...The ghostly visitations and spotlight monologues keep us from ever forgetting the message of the personal and deeply felt 'Eve’s Song' regardless of how smartly funny the writing truly is."
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T
November 11th, 2018

"A seriously unfunny dark comedy…It's also one more example of how dramatic subjects do not automatically produce dramatic plays…Lloyd's play uses overtly theatrical means to convey ideational messaging while failing to create compelling characters in an engrossing narrative…More a sequence of thematically related moments than a well-integrated drama heading toward a climax. Too often, exposition substitutes for what might otherwise be shown."
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Times Square Chronicles
November 17th, 2018

“I am not sure what the point is of Lloyd’s new play...There are so many topics that the piece as a whole becomes disjointed and a blur of topics. We have black lives matter, queer issues, transgender issues, violence and I am not sure where the focus lies...The cast is excellent with the material given to them...Bonney directs this with aplomb and tries her best to make this story unveil its journey. Lloyd’s dialogue is lyrical and poetic, but doesn’t get into the grit of the problem.”
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Financial Times (UK)
November 7th, 2018

"The burden of racism here seems so heavy that no amount of debate, activism or 'meticulousness' can possibly alleviate it. But surely we can grasp that point without seeing Deborah’s house start to literally fall apart. That laboured visual metaphor is typical of Lloyd and director Jo Bonney’s occasional tendency to strain for effect...The characters are all well drawn here, but ‘Eve’s Song’ lacks dramatic balance.”
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scribicide
November 16th, 2018

"'Eve's Song,' then, is a menacing comedy if not a comedy of menace, eliciting the kind of giddy laughter that anticipates terror."
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Diandra Reviews it All
November 8th, 2018

“One of the most important plays of the season, especially for our current, violent times...’Eve’s Song’ is absolutely excellent because violence is often a dreaded discussion...When we blame the victims even after their death, it is because we did not see them as having a life. Yet, 'Eve’s Song' is about their life, and the gut-wrenching question of whether they were or could have been happy.”
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The Wrap
November 7th, 2018

"This is a play that grapples with racial injustice...Lloyd’s play works most strongly when it filters those Big Ideas through a more personal lens...Bonney’s production smooths over many of the play’s rougher edges, including the more abrupt gear-shifts in tone and sensibility...'Eve’s Song' can’t comfortably contain all of those jarring elements in such a slender frame. But Lloyd demonstrates that hers is a voice worth hearing.”
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F
November 7th, 2018

“’Eve’s Song'’s many projects leave the play ultimately unfocused, struggling to make sense of its abounding questions within a short 100 minutes...’Eve’s Song’ hopes to confront systemic issues of violence and race in America...While a commendable, truly marvelous performance is given by De’Adre Aziza, she’s forced to carry a narrative that feels, for the bulk of its arc, disjointed, supported by visual metaphors that are too literal for the nuance this play hopes to achieve.”
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Plays to See
November 7th, 2018

“Lloyd’s new comedy (or drama?) is unapologetic in its content, and blunt in its execution, and as a result, falls short of landing with sharp and distinct implication...Lloyd paints these figures in broad strokes...This sometimes causes the play to be performed as an opera: with soaring ambition, along with overwrought melodrama...The contributions of all creative voices...seem to erase nuance...Although the lead-up often struggles to compel, the pay-off is moving.”
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