In many ways, the East Village embodies the bohemian paradox of luxury. Trendy eateries, high-end condos, sculptures, community gardens with flower blooms, punk-rock shops, old-world restaurants, eye-catching New York University dormitories, and several chain stores. Although the East Village is definitely not a gritty youth neighborhood, traces of the old-school, artsy East Village can be found if you are willing to look hard enough. The neighborhood adapted its bohemian name the East Village in the 1960s and is also home to no wave bands, hippies, beats, graffiti artists, Allen Ginsberg, IC System, Fillmore East & the Poetry Project, Abbie Hoffman, W.H. Auden, and more recently crowds of New York University Students. The East Village was formerly nothing more than the northeastern part of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which to paraphrase a former resident of the area, is characterized by history layers intertwined around one another like hibernating rattlesnakes. Lenape settlements paved way for dutch plantations in the 17th century, and by the 1830s the Georgian-inspired St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery which took on a cast-iron portico and Greek Revival Spire, rose on part of the former estate of Peter Stuyvesant. The New York Society relocated to Federal row houses on streets such as St. Marks Place. As waves of Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish, and German settlers, the tenements joined mansions. It was after the Second World War that the artistic vibe of the East Village was born, giving rise to several dreamers, artists, and drifters. Today, the East Village, like many parts of New York City is a hub for art and attracts several visitors annually who are eager to explore the artistic creativity the region has to offer. One of the places that embody New York’s commitment to the arts is the East Village Playhouse. The small, cozy, but lovely theater is home to some of the most exciting performances you will see in New York and across the United States. If you are looking for a place to spend your evening in the East Village part of New York, you need to look no further than the East Village Playhouse. The actors are remarkably good and will treat you to some of the most hearty laughs of your life.
Located at 340 East sixth St. New York, the East Village Playhouse is one of the most popular theaters around New York City. It features an eclectic vibe and lies in what formerly used to be a music shop. The theater is home to the captivating All Roads Lead to the Kursky station. The theater resembles a black box and the stark setup is both authentically gritty and evocative. The theater has played host to a variety of plays and was specifically apt for the experimental production All Roads Lead to the Kursky station Which is inspired by Venedikt Erofeev’s satirical poem and one of Russia’s initial postmodern literature works. The 1970 poem was first adapted for the stage as a solo performance in London in 1994, known as Moscow Stations. Before its off-broadway run with Tom Courtenay, the poem was played on the West End. The current production at the East Village Playhouse features 2 ladies who make up a kind of demonic chorus duo and a male lead. When they are not depicting different supporting acts in a series of amusing delirious vignettes, they are creating humor and movement with mocking commentary to the story. With little more than a pitcher, washbasin, boxes, and a few chairs, the captivating actors swiftly take the audience into their world of menacing characters and missed connections that allude to a nightmare.