Electronic City (2019)
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Electronic City (2019)
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Electronic City (2019) NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(10 Reviews)
Positive
60%
Mixed
30%
Negative
10%
Members say
Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing, Quirky, Great staging

About the Show

Set in the liminal spaces of modernity, this multi-media theatre piece will explore the isolation and alienation of our image-saturated culture using a dynamic mix of choreographed movement and bold design.

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Member Reviews (10)

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Ambitious, Great staging, Quirky, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you like creative projections and lighting and an energetic cast. There is quite a bit of activity that keeps you dazzled with good sound.

Don't see it if you want a straight-forward story. While visually appealing there was no real story I could pick up as the action jumped around - confusing.

60
Disappointing, Dizzying, Ambitious, Great staging, Confusing

See it if you like experimental theater w/ set design mostly using lighting & visual projections. The staging is ok but the narrative/plot is unclear.

Don't see it if you do not like avante garde theater & small venues/tight spaces. The material seems profound-I got lost in the verbal & choreo translation.

68
Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like experimental theater about technology and society; are fine with varying levels of acting (some good, some OK, some not so great)

Don't see it if you want something polished and linear/straight-forward; if the term "avant-garde" makes you cringe

Critic Reviews (5)

BroadwayWorld
April 27th, 2019

"As walls of tweets, texts, Instagram posts and WhatsApp status updates divide rather than connect us, we are no longer consumers of technology; technology consumes us...On one level, 'Electronic City' may seem like a gamified Metropolis for millennials; lyrics quoted from The Eurythmics seem almost nostalgic. But anyone who has lost their phone...will identify with the feeling that sometimes, even with geolocation, we're all still lost."
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Theatre is Easy
April 28th, 2019

"'Electronic City' successfully evokes the sensory overload its characters experience, making the few quiet and genuine moments poignant...Adapter/director Ildiko Nemeth sacrifices clarity in storytelling for style...Certainly, a commentary on the evils of global capitalism, and just how helpless individuals are before such a force, is extremely relevant. And perhaps 'Electronic City' is meant to be confusing—maybe the goal is to mirror the whirlpool of modern life."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 29th, 2019

“Since its premiere in 2003, ‘Electronic City’ by Falk Richter has been translated into 40 languages, and I wonder if it makes sense in any of them...This show is determined to show how disconnected and alienated we all are in the digital world. However, without exploring social media's role in making connections, it's even harder to extract meaning from an already abstract production…There's an affordable hostel upstairs if you and your date wish to redeem your evening.”
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T
May 5th, 2019

"Nemeth draws on her global touring experience as a member of the R.S. 9 Theatre Company from Budapest. The chorus divides unspecified spoken text among them, engaging in slapstick, breaking the fourth wall, and trading narration in bleak machine gun-style poetry...'Electronic City' travels through genre at high speed, echoing one of its many spoken truths: 'Flexibility has become the prescribed pattern of behavior, the new type of amnesia, the loss of a sense of history.'”
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N
April 19th, 2019

"Ildiko Nemeth, the award-winning director, puts high energy life into Richter's mad display of lives gone wild under the control of digital forces...It's modern love with broad comedy and a bit of pain...A chorus of consciousness...keep the action moving in poetry and movement...Nemeth's team once again presents winning theater on a small stage with big ideas and action. Go see it.”
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