Hurricane Diane
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Hurricane Diane
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Hurricane Diane NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(104 Reviews)
Positive
79%
Mixed
13%
Negative
8%
Members say
Great acting, Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

About the Show

Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George pens a comic evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change and the bacchanalian catharsis that awaits us, even in our own backyards. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs.

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Member Reviews (104)

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841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
50
Disappointing, Slow, Strange

See it if The shining moment was Danielle Skraastad and her performance. She steals all her scenes and is hilarious.

Don't see it if The rest of the show is a disappointment and really nosedives when the dance break comes. Lots of unfunny jokes littered throughout.

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
64
Banal, Confusing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You want to see a goid director . A play about climate change.

Don't see it if Another climate change play that after 40 minutes runs out of steam and rational.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
72
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're curious about contemporary reinterpretation of the Greek myth of Dionysus using a female protagonist as the god of wine & whoopee

Don't see it if if you're a myth purist, anti-lesbian or anti-feminist. Not particularly recommended for New York elitists with no patience for New Jersey

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if great opening scene (great writing), acting was great although sometimes overdone (as directed, I'm sure).

Don't see it if I could have done without the singing at the end. A few scenes dragged, but overall light and funny although ultimately dark. Read more

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
49
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see a scene-stealing performance from Danielle Skraastad, who is the best thing about this production.

Don't see it if you want to see a play stay on track from beginning to end. This one falls apart during the last 20-25 minutes. Read more

399 Reviews | 203 Followers
39
Indulgent, Excruciating, Raunchy, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You’re interested in a modern retelling of the Dionysus story, set in New Jersey. Nice performance by Danielle Skraastad.

Don't see it if I hated this show! I found it pointless, in spite of the author’s clear agenda. If you want to make a point, try telling a story first.

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
76
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Cliched, Funny

See it if you like shows with a strange and somewhat disturbing twist on suburban housewives. Deals with climate change/human destruction. Great cast.

Don't see it if The comedy works well, but the more serious moments are less resonant than probably intended. Characters are funny, but at times cliched.

399 Reviews | 45 Followers
64
Edgy, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Like non-traditional versions of existing stories. Quirky and well-staged.

Don't see it if Seemed more like separate stories kind of thrown together.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
February 24th, 2019

"An astonishing new play...Ms. George has fun with these women — or girls, as they call themselves — but does not mock them. Rather, with loving attention to sitcom rhythm, she gradually anatomizes the emptiness that animates their 'Golden Girls' chatter...Ms. Silverman’s control of the tone in the first half, along with the hilarious but grounded work of the cast throughout serves the play’s intentions beautifully."
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Time Out New York
February 26th, 2019

"'Hurricane Diane' works best when Blackwell is playing straight-god to the women’s mounting neuroses. But then the storm comes. As the play rounds the hour mark, it stumbles...In one way, George and director Leigh Silverman have pulled off a miracle: They’ve made a funny play about a depressing subject. But we judge miracles by how they end, and at close of ‘Hurricane Diane,' the water that had turned into wine has turned into water again.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
February 24th, 2019

"George’s fantastic, heartbreaking 'Hurricane Diane' is a comedy in the most ancient, expansive sense. It’s the kind of comedy that holds a tragedy inside it, plying us with laughter until we’re tipsy, then lovingly, ruthlessly slipping in the knife. Hilarious, shattering, and full of keen observation and profound human affection, the play both lifts us up and wrings us out...Blackwell is immediately and utterly arresting...Silverman doesn’t always take full advantage of the supercharged moments."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 24th, 2019

"Veers uneasily from 'Desperate Housewives'-style satire into absurdist fantasy. The work feels strained in both aspects, never achieving the comic lift-off to which it aspires...Doesn't exactly paint a flattering portrait of its female characters, who register as little more than neurotic stereotypes...It would be easier to embrace the fantastical premise if there were a more compelling figure at its center. Unfortunately, Blackwell proves distinctly underwhelming."
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Theatermania
February 26th, 2019

"As told by the brilliantly imaginative Madeleine George, Dionysus is Diane...An attractive production by director Leigh Silverman...In the 21st century, the deity of wine and theater is most often portrayed as a man in touch with his feminine side: a drag queen or glam rocker. George boldly envisions the inverse, a female god in touch with her butch side...The majority of the play takes our breath away, either with its keen insight or gut-busting wit."
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BroadwayWorld
February 25th, 2019

"Blackwell delivers the 90-minute play's exposition monologue with the engaging flair of an ace stand-up comic nailing the punch lines in a tight three minute set...Even at ninety minutes, the episodic plot gets a little thin, though director Leigh Silverman has her cast sharply playing the entertaining dialogue. There's a major shift in tone for the play's final moments, which is reasonable, but a little drawn out...But these are minor irritations within an enjoyable piece."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 4th, 2019

"'Hurricane Diane' is in good hands with director Leigh Silverman and her highly detailed approach to comedy, plus a fine quartet of actresses as the desperate housewives...George's message comes through loud and clear, because she has chosen to entertain rather than lecture...'Hurricane Diane' is an original -- a satire that is simultaneously urgent and welcoming, even daring to be optimistic."
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Talkin' Broadway
February 24th, 2019

"A breezy, frequently hilarious, romp....George doesn't know how to end the piece and the last 15 minutes go off the proverbial cliff...It's hard to know what Silverman is thinking but the strange, abortive ending quickly undoes the goodwill the piece has meticulously wrought. There is an imbalance in the production between the sensational chemistry between the four women and the relative staid delivery of Blackwell as Diane...It's just a shame the play is still searching for an ending."
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