Villa NYC Reviews and Tickets

(13 Ratings)
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Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Resonant

About the Show

The Play Company presents the U.S. premiere of this drama about three women charged with deciding the future of Villa Grimaldi, an infamous Chilean detention camp.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (13)

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73 Reviews | 25 Followers
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Complex

See it if You are willing to listen. You like to be challenged.

Don't see it if This is a complex show that will test your endurance to listen and to think. Read more

185 Reviews | 25 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if plays and mysteries about injustice fire up your senses

Don't see it if you want to see something light

139 Reviews | 19 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you like suspense throughout the play until the end

Don't see it if you find abstract dialogue difficult to follow

783 Reviews | 249 Followers
Quirky, Dizzying, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if Part theater, part performance art. Intentionally confusing, then clarity arrives with a big revelation. Makes a powerful point.

Don't see it if You don't like being "played" for artistic impact. You prefer a more traditional narrative. Read more

124 Reviews | 27 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Confusing

See it if Great acting and great dialougue, but this play is confusing in parts and very political.

Don't see it if You don't like political plays . Especially about the abusive regimes in South America during the ruling of dictators.

470 Reviews | 114 Followers
Confusing, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy dialogue that goes around in circles.

Don't see it if You cannot understand when 3 young actresses are "play acting" and keep calling each other Alejandra. Had no idea what was going on.

39 Reviews | 10 Followers
Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see excellent acting and writing (by a playwright who is building an international reputation for innovation and excellence).

Don't see it if you prefer plays that are not political and not surreal.

46 Reviews | 13 Followers
Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to see three amazing actresses pour their souls into a play. You want clever writing that handles trauma and tragedy with aplomb.

Don't see it if you're not into absurdism. The characters talk themselves in circles for most of the play. You're not up for something gut-wrenching. Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
March 12th, 2017

"'Villa' could be fantastically depressing. Sometimes it is. But the three actresses give energetic, unfussy performances and get good comedic mileage out of the awfulness of committee work...Mr. Calderón owes a debt to absurdism, which can sometimes make his material seem abstract rather than urgent. But he can’t forget that real people were tortured in the villa. Neither can the women. Neither can we. Their problem of what to do with this site becomes our problem, too."
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Time Out New York
March 12th, 2017

'Villa' is three things simultaneously: a photorealistic comedy about decision by committee, a bolder 'No Exit' and an anguished scream. In the first case, the three women under Calderón's direction are all marvelous naturalistic performers; they find comic grace notes even in tiny things...For me, the shock came when the play and the reality came crashing finally together...I realized that despite the brutal content, I had been enjoying myself at the theater, delighted by Calderón's craft."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 16th, 2017

"The script is an exceptionally eloquent statement about the ripple effects of dictatorship, how such ghastly abuses of power reverberate long after they have ended. The author, who also directed, has elicited three furious, yet tightly contained, performances...All three actresses play off each other so seamlessly that they essentially constitute a single performance—taut, probing, and riddled with barely suppressed anguish."
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March 13th, 2017

"Absurd, tantalizing and chilling...The three vibrant actresses in it, Crystal Finn, Vivia Font and Harmony Stempel, are a dynamic team who mine all of the comedy and dramatic depth of their characters with commanding flair...Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón constructs a simple, engrossing and often funny scenario...Calderón also directed and his staging is slyly subtle...'Villa,' with its serious concerns, vividly proves true the adage that comedy is tragedy plus time."
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Theatre is Easy
March 12th, 2017

"Gregory's translation is a gem...Finn, Font, and Stemple are an incredibly talented, balanced, generous cast...They breathe life into this already excellent work...'Villa' glimmers with the wild, unspoken desperation of people healing like their lives depend on it. No one knows at any given moment whether they're getting nowhere or somewhere in that healing process...'Villa' shares that devastating confusion with its audience impeccably. It is greater than the sum of its parts."
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Exeunt Magazine
March 13th, 2017

"The excellent trio of actresses put heart and soul into making us feel the enormity of their task...Still, where the play will connect with audiences in its US run is through its writing–Calderón’s flashes of absurdity, irony and wit–more than through its problem of historical memory and national reconciliation...A shrewd, engaged play in a passionate production...'Villa' is a subtle work of political theater by an exciting contemporary voice...The play is a knockout, and indeed memorable."
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Village Voice
March 15th, 2017

“A smart, ironic drama…This combination — gruesome humor paired with deep insight — is what Calderón does best. The women's hypothetical visions raise unanswerable questions about whether trauma can ever be responsibly remembered, or really forgotten. They forge reality and fantasy into theatrical richness — a deeper kind than the play's ultimate moment of truth, when we learn why these particular women were chosen for such a momentous task.”
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Off Off Online
March 20th, 2017

“‘Villa’ moves in the direction of being a great and profound work...Calderón’s language is vivid, poetic, ironic and intelligent. However, Calderón is less skilled as a director, and the play lacks the physicality needed to give the actors any weight…We don’t know anything about them, and the words are not connected in any meaningful way to time, place, or to an emotional or relational interior...The play admirably wrestles with the bigger idea of how to memorialize a tragedy.”
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