Already closed | 1h 30m | East Village

Villa

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

During the Pinochet regime in Chile, thousands of detainees were brought to Villa Grimaldi. Some were tortured, others disappeared. When the local citizens’ committee is unable to agree on a plan for the future of these blood-soaked facilities, three women are sequestered in a room and tasked with making the decision. They gather around an architectural model of the estate to debate its ideal adaptation and grapple with a nation’s unwanted legacy. Should it have a new life or remain a memorial to the crimes committed there? 

1h 30m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)

Member Reviews (13)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Resonant
77
Avg Score

80
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.

Also PlayCo got me with "Caught" and now they've done it again!

7
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.

85
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

71
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.

85
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

92
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.

Also Calderon's work is not for everyone; the ideas of the show are not eas... Read more Read less

87
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.

Also Though the play ultimately leaves you with the feeling of being punche... Read more Read less

92
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.

75
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in seeing an intense psychological drama that asks the question, how do we as a society memorialize our tragedies?

Don't see it if You need everything spelled out cleanly, you want a light and happy event, or you will be triggered by discussions of sexual assault.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like political theater with a contemporary human rights message.

Don't see it if You are not looking for thought-provoking theater.

Also Surprisingly funny and deeply compelling! The ending is so haunting.

89
Relevant, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you like your Off B'way theater to be more thought-provoking than celeb-filled; you like strong female roles on stage; you are Chilean.

Don't see it if you don't do well with loud noises in confined areas; you are wholly incapable of identifying with other people's traumas.

Also It's hard to describe the plot without giving too much away, so I'll j... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like stories that gradually unravel, if you like to listen intently to what you're watching, and if you like politically-driven work.

Don't see it if you're momentarily trying to escape the political climate, or if you're more into work that doesn't dig so deep.

During previews
79
Ambitious, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if You are interested in a " play " that deals with the aftermath of government brutality. The three characters' ferocious struggle is riveting

Don't see it if a political play is not on your wish list. The subject is definitely intense and the writing can be ( at first ) confusing.


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 ur...
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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 m...
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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 ...
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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 a...
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