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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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.

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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.

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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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2019

"A meaningful and frequently funny comedy, 'Hurricane Diane' is a perfect conversation piece for these fraught times of climate change...Leigh Silverman, the director, expertly guides the comedy through its gradual progression from gossipy exchanges over glasses of wine to its mystical outcome...If 'Hurricane Diane' does not manage to fully express its cautionary message, this smart play, which is skillfully performed and produced, is likely to both amuse and stimulate audiences."
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New York Stage Review
February 24th, 2019

"Fanciful and funny but ultimately sobering...The swagger is made irresistibly buoyant by Blackwell...Under Silverman’s witty, vigorous direction, Blackwell’s Diane does seem to possess a bigger spirit than one person could contain...George is examining, with lustrous wit but also some seriousness, how the trappings of first-world civilization can impact people generally and women in particular...In its bounty of entertainment, 'Hurricane Diane' offers plenty of food for thought."
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TheaterScene.net
March 7th, 2019

"Some plays are simply too complicated for their own good, defying comprehension. This is certainly the case with Madeleine George's 'Hurricane Diane,' in which the God Dionysus or Bacchus, famously incorporating both male and female characteristics--he went by many names--returns to earth--as a woman--at the present time, in Monmouth County no less, to haunt a bevy of what can best be summarized as 'New Jersey Housewives.'"
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CurtainUp
March 3rd, 2019

"It will interest anybody who's striving to live green in a material world...Although the characters who populate the play are comedic archetypes, they still are people we can easily recognize, understand, and even identify with at times...Although I appreciated the play's merits, and found the production values and acting uniformly excellent, I feel that the plot got a little thin toward the closing scenes."
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Front Row Center
February 25th, 2019

"With George’s crisp, bulls-eyed dialog, director Leigh Silverman’s faultless pacing, and the spectacular comic timing of the uber talented cast, all the audience has to do is sit back and enjoy...Each new scene and character makes us salivate for the next, and we aren’t disappointed...Don’t think that ‘Hurricane Diane’ is all style and no substance. It’s exceedingly funny and acerbic, but there’s meat in that matter and a sting in those barbs because the subject matter is very real."
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Front Mezz Junkies
March 4th, 2019

"Written with whip smart side angles...It’s brilliantly funny, this epic global warning of a play of such eco-expanisve thinking, that as directed with a sharp sense of deconstructed realism by Leigh Silverman, we fully embrace the returning God of wine...The comedic tragedy of 'Hurricane Diane' triumphs in the brutally honest war against suburban safety and creature comforts of the manicured. The utterly fantastically fun 'Hurricane' rips up the indigenous ground cover."
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Exeunt Magazine
February 26th, 2019

“George arms herself with a promising and inventive premise...For a while, the setup delivers...George’s language and character work is crisply hilarious...One gets the sense that George, during the act of writing, realized two thirds of the way through that this dramatic arc wasn’t going to pan out...The play, like the subject, veers directly into its unwieldiness, which is both necessary and somewhat dramatically underwhelming.”
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T
February 24th, 2019

"The characters – all of them – are underdeveloped, mostly static, with less than interesting conflicts. So how could there possibly be an engaging plot?...All Leigh Silverman can do is move them around...The members of the cast do their best; however, their very best cannot rescue this ill-conceived production that is burdened not only with stereotypes, but also with outmoded understandings of human sexuality and sexual practice."
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New York Theater
February 27th, 2019

“George’s clever, timely update of ‘The Bacchae’ by Euripides is given a boost by Silverman’s vivid direction; fierce, attention-grabbing stage effects by the design team; and the spot-on performances by the five members of the cast...Much of the humor comes from the juxtaposition of ancient myth with banal 21st century living -in costume and especially in language...But underneath the lively interaction is a sobering message.”
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Broadway Blog
March 4th, 2019

"George’s accessible script packs plenty of punch lines as the four women convene in the kitchen to kvetch...Framed by Diane’s direct exchange with the audience, the message is clear: we’re in deep shit and most people could care less...Skraastad and Wetherhead, too, have their shining moments, particularly the latter...Director Leigh Silverman, who is steadily emerging as one of today’s most thoughtful stage directors, once again provides a platform for her actors to soar."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 4th, 2019

"A sporadically amusing eco-friendly satire…George's characters are colorful, mostly well-acted (Blackwell, however, goes from dynamic Dionysus to dull Diane), and one-dimensional. Pam, however, hilariously portrayed by Skraastad, stands out to striking effect…With its forays into horticultural fantasy, spouting of gardening theory, mockery of suburban housewifery, ecological purpose, and storm-shrouded bacchanal conclusion, 'Hurricane Diane' sometimes borders on the twee."
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The Wrap
February 24th, 2019

"Silverman’s direction makes sure that George’s biggest laughs come from the sprite one-liners, as well as the many things the housewives don’t tell each other to avoid hurt feelings. The subtext is often sublime and comes through loud and clear...It’s a post-feminist play by a female playwright giving us a very unflattering portrait of women. George’s satire on suburban living offers only two choices. Everybody can embrace Diane or ruin the planet...But what a way to go!"
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T
February 27th, 2019

"The witty and intelligent play ‘Hurricane Diane’ finds Dionysus transformed into a modern-day sexed-up gardener, laser-focused on seducing a group of New Jersey housewives...Blackwell plays the gardener brilliantly, with a suggestive leer, lusty smile, and deeply felt serious purpose...There is a lovely humor to George’s play, directed with an anarchic brio by Leigh Silverman...All four of the women are carefully and wittily drawn, and brought to stage life just as sharply."
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T
February 24th, 2019

"All of these women are stereotypes with familiar stories and worries. This group is gossipy, supportive, judgmental and a great deal of fun to watch. Playwright George is clearly comfortable writing hilarious zingers. 'Hurricane Diane' is certainly a comedy. When the play is over, you realize that you’ve just sat through the most entertaining lecture on climate change ever. The play is smart, clever and over-the-top ridiculous...Silverman expertly weaves this swirling plot."
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Off Off Online
March 3rd, 2019

"It’s the type of idea-driven play that in lesser hands might become more academic journal article than piece of theater, but writer Madeleine George and director Leigh Silverman have crafted the evening with a deceptively light touch...Barron and Skraastad are the standouts in a strong cast, turning the low-hanging fruit of New Jersey housewife clichés into something darker and more affecting...'Hurricane Diane' is as funny as it is terrifying."
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The New York Times
February 6th, 2017
For a previous production

"George’s puckish and brainy new eco-play...In Leigh Silverman’s lopsided world-premiere production, the friends make a cracking ensemble, each fully human and with her own comic charge...Blackwell’s tentative performance as Diane has no magnetism. Subdued to the point of flatness, it drains the life out of Ms. George’s humor — a particular shame for the beautifully written monologues."
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NJ.com
February 3rd, 2017
For a previous production

"Full of quick, funny wit, the play is a comedy with designs on high-minded social critique. Its success in the latter endeavor is spotty, but 'Hurricane Diane' remains a droll treat...Silverman directs with an inventive eye...Drastic changes inevitably seem abrupt in a short play, and 'Hurricane Diane' doesn't avoid this pitfall. But the questions that the play's conclusion asks about human's relationship with nature and its forces resonate."
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A
January 30th, 2017
For a previous production

"Director Leigh Silverman wrangles some controlled comic performances from her quintet of players, keeping things rooted among the fast-growing thickets of George’s larger-than-life scenario...Ultimately, 'Hurricane Diane' is a untamed and quirky ensemble exercise that balances its countertop seductions, disastrous visions and structural rough spots with overall good humor, which might have come in handy when studying Euripides back in school."
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