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Eve's Song

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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. More…

In the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer, Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world. How long can family dinners keep the dangers outside at bay? 


Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Disappointing
72
Avg Score

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.

Also Playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd makes a smart dramaturgical choice in h... Read more Read less

81
Shows various facets of black experience that make black population feel under attack, presented w sharp comedic observations

See it if every pose of rectitude exploded w comedic ripostes; lesbian 1st love tender/sexy; strong performances by all leads; fine direct'n

Don't see it if play bites off too much: can't figure out if comedy that features intergenerat'l conflicts, or broad history of abuse of queer black women

68
Disappointing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Unfocused

See it if This is a timely play depicting the stressors which affect a contemporary black family's lives; you like witty, dark comedy and good acting.

Don't see it if you're looking for a cohesive play that flows from scene to scene; too many topics make the play feel disconnected & unfocused; needs drama

55
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see good actors try very hard to make a story work.

Don't see it if There was WAY too much going on here. It was exhausting trying to follow all the storylines.

75
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like dark comedy about a black family trying to "fit" into white society and stay below the radar (with little success)

Don't see it if you dislike patronizing stories with pat characters that seem uncomfortable in their own skin

77
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting

See it if An African American family drama which draws upon the tragic history of violence and prejudice in contemporary society. A strong ensemble.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are interested in light dramas or musicals.

68
Ambitious, Relevant

See it if To see a young playwright passionately telling many stories she must tell with the go-to director for such efforts trying to make it work.

Don't see it if You are impatient with overly busy stories freighted with symbolism which doesn't exactly work.

Also Early work tends to concern the core issues that motivate the artist. ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see an insightful play on race injustices through the eyes of one black family. Much to think about as you leave the theater.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in social issues and violence facing black families in our country. Although not perfect, this is an important play.

68
Disappointing, Poorly acted, misses the mark

See it if Support The Public Theater

Don't see it if Poorly acted, weak stageplay. Could have been so much more,

55
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Just doesn't work

See it if You are drawn to family dramas and/or plays that address social justice issues.

Don't see it if You want a fully baked production. You are resistant to race and sexual orientation as themes.

Also While I fully appreciate the attempt at addressing the important issue... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if A love letter to black women explored through myths, spirits and grounded in the struggles of a middle class black family breaking down

Don't see it if The supernatural doesn’t blend easily with the realism of violence against black women and the tools they use to feel safe but itis powerful

86
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Must see, Riveting

See it if You like an emotional drama on race issues, abuse of women, coming of age and the effects of divorce on a family.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be moved emotionally and don’t want to hear about how Afro- Americans are abused.

65
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a look into the daily struggles of black people as obstacles compound and increase around them

Don't see it if you want a neat and tidy play. The script is a bit disjointed.

84
Thought-provoking, Important to see

See it if you want to understand or can relate to the black experience from the point of view of a young woman and her mother.

Don't see it if you are racially prejudice and/or have no tolerance for lesbian stories.

Also I thought the play was very good. The review in New York Theater Guide... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Relevant, Provocative, Imperfect, Promising

See it if you're curious to see a promising, provocative, but imperfect attempt at wrestling w/ racial violence, queerness, and the meaning of safety

Don't see it if you only have patience for perfect plays and don't find any value in the grappling

71
Ambitious, Relevant, Clever

See it if like plays about African American families and struggles with race class and sexuality

Don't see it if do not like plays discussed above

83
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if You appreciate timely plays about social issues from the point of view of an underserved community.

Don't see it if You cannot deal with difficult subjects and sadness told about people's lives that are different from yours.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Different approach (with humor) to oft-done topics brings a unique experience even if you don't find your song. Finish stays with you.

Don't see it if This playwright's perspective on many fronts including race, family, coming of age, etc. are not of interest.

75
Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if a smartly written, thought provoking play with one of the most impactful last 5 minutes I recall. Extremely well acted and directed.

Don't see it if you're looking for something with a bit more pace to it. This is a show that rewards your patience, but does ask for quite a lot of it.

80
Thought provoking, Creatively staged, Relevant

See it if A contemporary perspective on the African American experience is a good match for you

Don't see it if You seek something less polemic and more traditionally structured and presented

Also Eve's Song does suffer somewhat from an identity crisis - satire?, tra... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Relevant, Intense

See it if a fascinating new play exploring violence against black women (and men), and racism. has an affecting lesbian love story at its center

Don't see it if if you have trouble with works that explore representations of violence, this may not be your cuppa tea

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if A very well-written play about the black experience. Superb acting. A very thoughtful and thought-provoking play

Don't see it if if you don't enjoy plays that deal with real and difficult issues,

79
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if a new theatrical voice reveals what to me is an unseen world -- the terrors and dangers of being an ordinary person while black.

Don't see it if an examination of how racism plays out is not your idea of a nice night out at the theater.

76
Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a family drama Like black theater Like an interesting g story with a bit of the paranormal

Don't see it if You don’t like to see plays with spirits or ghosts You need recognizable well known actors


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 S...
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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...
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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...
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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 commun...
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