Part of FringeNYC: Should she flee, or should she stay? Eve faces a dilemma in this biting satire about love and female friendship in the Garden of Eden. You know how it ends, but how did Eve really come to pick the low-hanging fruit? More…
Categories: Comedy, Local. Written by Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg. Directed by Ruby Hutson-Ellenberg.
FROM THE ARTIST:
It’s Adam and Eve’s one year anniversary, but it sure doesn’t sound like it. There’s yelling, contempt, belittling,and trouble with an in-law...so, on second thought, maybe it is a traditional celebration. Eve reaches her breaking point in a fight with Adam and storms off to tend the Garden on her own. Something she’s never done before. Along the way she meets a snake, of course, discovers other women exist, and contemplates eviction from Paradise.
Eve and Her Neighbors uses humor to address serious issues like sexist legislation and entrenched gender hierarchies," said Hunter College in a recent “Headlines” feature about Hutson-Ellenberg, its January 2016 graduate.
Hutson-Ellenberg wrote Eve and Her Neighbors for the Primary Stage’s First Draft playwriting class. She studied humor writing at the 92nd Street Y with Patricia Marx, a New Yorker contributor; interned at the Mint Theater, which finds and produces lost and forgotten but worthwhile plays; and performed in a 2015 production of the Vagina Monologues. At Hunter, this emerging playwright was a Muse Scholar, described by Hunter as having “found her own muse: Adam’s rebellious wife."
"We wonder why Eve didn’t depart sooner, and a little more effort to show Paradise’s appeal might have created some interesting dramatic tension…'Eve' sets up a plot rife with issues of gender parity, free will, and self-definition, but never quite gives these themes their full due. However, by highlighting this well-known tale's all-too-familiar flavors of sexism and power dynamics, Hutson-Ellenberg invites us to consider Eve’s side of the story." Full Review
See it if You like blondes with unrealistic southern accents and stereotypical sassy black girlfriends
Don't see it if You are hoping to see an interpretation with a twist or even a clever take on the old story. This was anti-women and anti-men in one take.
See it if you want a mostly female cast, a different account of whether the Garden of Eden was paradise and a different explanation for the expulsion.
Don't see it if you want more than one-sided characters and an undeveloped idea. This play failed to meet its potential. I give it a C- grade.
See it if You get the point that Adam and God are one-dimensional because they are satisfied with the status quo in contrast to Eve's dissatisfaction
Don't see it if You're not interested in women's rights or don't like Hillary Clinton.
See it if You want the cocoon of your carefully woven society undone. It challenges the perception of our society rightfully and funnily.
Don't see it if You only like serious plays. You can't take a joke or don't like serious matters talked about in a light way.
See it if You want to go out and have a chuckle. This was an interesting play and raised some good questions.
Don't see it if Don't see this if you're easily offended or quick to judge. Don't see it if you don't know the difference between feminism and misandrism.
See it if You are interested in seeing a feminist play with a good idea at its foundation
Don't see it if You are expecting complex and developed ideas and clever writing. The advertising oversold this show, and it ended abruptly.