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. More…
Meet Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm. She’s got supernatural abilities owing to her true identity—the Greek god Dionysus—and she’s returned to the modern world to gather mortal followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac? A co-production of New York Theatre Workshop and WP Theater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if and only if a modern day version of a Greek tragedy/housewives realty show strikes your fancy.
Don't see it if any kind modern day Greek tragedy disguised as a Housewives of Red Bank New Jersey TV show plot-line makes your skin crawl.
See it if Mythology, Climate issues, social norms and expectations, and politics all covered in this uber clever play with a twist.
Don't see it if Very chatty with four stereotyped women in a complex shared domestic set. Very funny. Great acting.
See it if you want to laugh. It doesn't always work or get its overall point across well, but it features great comic performances and funny lines.
Don't see it if you expect a logical script. This makes little sense, really. But it is entertaining, so I would still give it a shot. Laughing is good.
See it if You have a high tolerance for experiments or find New Jersey female stereotypes particularly funny
Don't see it if If you get to the theater 10 or less times per year - there are too many better productions to see
See it if You want to see the funniest, most charming, most queer take on climate change possible.
Don't see it if You’re not open to some sitcom shenanigans or an absurdist take on a serious issue.
See it if you care about the environment and would like a unique play addressing the issue.
Don't see it if you don't like metaphors or are transphobic.
See it if You enjoy a clever twist on a classic - told in a way only Madeline George could do! Great acting from this perfectly cast ensemble.
Don't see it if You're bothered by gay themes.
See it if you want to be entertained. The writing is sharp, the acting strong. The play operates on multiple layers: personal, community, global.
Don't see it if you aren't open to mystical elements and lesbian interactions.
See it if you're interested in a modern take on The Bacchae as it relates to climate change.
Don't see it if you don't like your kitchen-sink plays mixed in with Greek mythology and supernatural elements.
See it if you love NYTW and all of their productions and you are fascinated by modernizing ancient tales of gods and goddesses
Don't see it if you dislike modernizing old tales and odd choices for characters
See it if You enjoy strong character-driven dialogue. Even without knowledge of the classic Dionysus tale, this is excellent story-telling.
Don't see it if You are a climate-change denier? You are offended by disparaging comments re. NJ?
See it if You like concept driven plays and don’t mind not caring about the characters; or if you are dying to see another transgender character
Don't see it if You like a play that makes sense with characters that you care about.
Also Danielle Skaastad was great!
See it if You are invested in issues of global warming with all that entails; if you want a whimsical look at Dionysus et al. saving the planet.
Don't see it if You don’t want to laugh about serious issues with an absurd plan to rescue us from our worst selves.
See it if like funny and well-written dialog and appreciate terrific acting.
Don't see it if you are not into a current pc trend to re-write history and mythology to accommodate transgender actors at the benefit of common sense.
See it if fun romp revolving around the Greek god Dionysus' attempt to return to the modern world as a landscaper
Don't see it if the play generally pokes fun at affluent housewives
See it if suburbia, HGTV, climate change, feminism, great monologues in Greek inspired gender bending Women's Project @ NYTW = Yes
Don't see it if Greek refs (Diane=Dionysus), over-the-top "Real Housewives" characters, environment & sustainability issues not 4 U
See it if It's clever and really fun. Terrific cast.
Don't see it if Broad comedy doesn't appeal to you, or you really have trouble with modern sexual identity.