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Hurricane Diane

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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. 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.

Member Reviews (103)


Great acting, Funny, Clever, Relevant, Entertaining
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

Also Because of kitchen island in the middle of the set, the actors in many... Read more Read less

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.

Also This play had a previous run at New Jersey's Two River Theatre in 2017... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

Quirky, Hilarious, Confusing, Clever, Ambitious

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.

Also Right off the bat, I was CONFUSED by the casting of Becca Blackwell as... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Also Dionysus (Diane) has returned to suburban New Jersey and a cul de sac ... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

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.

Uneven, Disappointing, Trying to do too many things & accomplishing none

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

Also Hurricane Diane is all over the place in what feels like a failed atte... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Dizzying, Enchanting

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.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Also This show was a hoot and I truly enjoyed every minute of it. The cast ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

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.

Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy new ways of telling old stories.

Don't see it if Lesbianism, infidelity and cul de sac living are concepts not to be made fun of.

Also Great cast. But Ms. Skraastad (sp?) as Pam Annunziata beats every RHON... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Confusing

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

Great acting, Refreshing, Clever, Funny, Relevant

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.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Absorbing

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?

Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

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!

Clever, Funny, Must see, Relevant, Feminist

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

Also I loved everything about this play! Lead trans actor, housewife charac... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Hilarious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant

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.

Indulgent, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

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.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

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

Refreshing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want some genuine laughs mixed with thoughts about saving our planet. I was pulled in by the performances.

Don't see it if you don't like theater with a message or tongue in cheek fantastical moments that go from realism to ethereal.

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 t...
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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 ...
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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 observ...
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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 stereo...
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