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Hurricane Party

From 5 critic and 109 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Absorbing

About the show

Set in a southern coastal community on the advent of a major storm, "Hurricane Party" is the love story of Macon and Dana and their mercurial spouses, Todd and Caroline. More…

As the storm outside of a debaucherous gathering threatens them with increasing haste the world inside and between them grows equally dangerous. 

Front Row Center

"It’ll be more entertaining to go in as clueless as possible, only being informed by the title, and let Thigpen’s skilled playwright’s craft reveal everything to you on its own terms. The dialogue is rich with colloquialisms, dense with humanity and full of deep humor and pathos expertly slung about by a well-connected, marvelously talented ensemble. The direction by Maria Dizzia is spot on, effectively utilizing and theatrically transforming the scenes." Full Review


"The intellectual level of Hurricane's characters may not be as high as George, Martha, Nick, and Honey's. Nevertheless they reveal their inner psychological turmoil, secret fears, secret yearnings and sense of isolation with equal intensity. Thigpen's astutely observed dialogue and Maria Dizzia's vivid whirlwind direction lift 'Hurricane' from foul-mouthed melodrama to passionate character study." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“A deliciously nihilistic take on disaster art opening...What Thigpen does so well is balancing the bigger aspects of the play with the more intimate moments...Thigpen's ingeniously lurid setup makes one think of the play as a cross between ‘Body Heat’ and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'...Despite its high entertainment value, because truly there isn't a dull moment in 'Hurricane Party,' the play is also touching and haunting in the most unexpected of ways." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"Strongly and chaotically directed by Maria Dizzia, all the actors are given plenty of moments to rain and shine within their moments of expressive and explosive engagements. The only problem lies in the unfocused tracking of the storm by playwright David Thigpen. He has created, together with his excellent cast, inner world dynamics that are intriguing and dramatic but lack directive outcomes and collisions with deeper meaning." Full Review

Theater Life

"David Thigpen's muddled drama of sexual and marital tension set in Conway, SC, on the eve of a threatening hurricane… At times, this hurricane party suggests a less literate version of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'...Everyone…uses heightened language-crude, colloquially slurred, grammatically jumbled, and vividly animated-that seems more stagey than realistic…Compared to these characters, Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also comes from South Carolina, sounds like Sir Ian McKellen." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to see the messy side of relationships and what happens when they implode

Don't see it if you are squeamish about violence, foul language or sexual situations

Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you like wildly entertaining, vulgar, over-the-top, incredibly acted/written/directed dramas that move with the force of, well, a hurricane.

Don't see it if you don't like vulgarity, intensity, wildness, depravity -- not that that's all it is. This play is also deeply human & well structured.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Profound

See it if Great acting, an insightful look at the downtrodden under difficult circumstances and the poignant results of drug use.

Don't see it if Not interested in mature racy content. Two or more story’s happening at once (on stage at same time)

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You are looking to see something that's dark, engrossing, and transports you to a certain place and time.

Don't see it if It's not for children, otherwise, most definitely see this excellent play.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Intense

See it if you enjoy dark stories w/humor, sex, drugs, infidelity, domestic abuse, violence, involving people thrown together during a Southern storm

Don't see it if you are offended by profanity, domestic violence, sex & drugs, dark stories about Southern trailer trash folks

Also This was a well-done, intense story involving 6 characters who are all... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You like plays with a twist. Perfect blend of shock, awe, comedy and drama. Some of the best acting I've ever seen. Don't miss it!

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with harsh language, sexual content and drug use.

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you aren't prudish and would like to see a 90 minute play that is a mash up of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" & "Key Largo" on steroids

Don't see it if simulated sex, cursing, violence and infidelity make you uncomfortable, and you only like white-bread. characters and white picket fences

Also The show is so well cast. Great writing and direction make this a fun ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Edgy, Tempestuous

See it if you want to watch a superb cast play hard-up Southerners forced to confront their stormy relationships as they ride out an ominous hurricane

Don't see it if you're uneasy with domestic violence, frank sexual scenes & simulated drug use, all of which is authentically depicted at this intense party

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You like Griddy and raw dramas that deal with very realistic characters that would live in a trailer park

Don't see it if You need your plays to have a “good guy “ All of the characters in the play have no redeeming qualities and that’s what I love about it

Also These are the type of plays that I beg people to tell me about. If you... Read more Read less

Raunchy, Juicy, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if When a play starts with a highly graphic sex scene, you are in for a wild ride.

Don't see it if Abusive and questionable relationships with heavy southern accents. Basically not really role models.

Also Acting is phenomenal and very high-energy

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense

See it if You enjoy shows that are fast paced and never relent. Enjoy tense relationship-driven dramas. Want to see a dark dramedy.

Don't see it if I feel like this should go without saying but there's content in here that you should be aware of before taking someone with you.

Also “That’s when the eye came over. When that happens the sun comes out an... Read more Read less

Amazing performances, Smooth, invisible direction, Edgy, raunchy & darkly fun, Great writing, Intense

See it if You're up for ensemble acting so nuanced, seamless, in-the-moment and right on you quickly forget those are actors onstage. Raw funny honest

Don't see it if You're after light and airy stuff or no interest in gothic Southern trailer folk debaucheries, no matter how well inhabited by a fine cast.

Also It's not often you find an ensemble cast so outrageously talented and ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Smart writing, Clever/economical set

See it if you want to see an excellent ensemble do justice to a simple yet well-crafted premise.

Don't see it if you're not accustomed to 'downtown' theater. This reminded me of Adam Rapp's work.

Also Hurricane Party is a dark little romp that combines sex, drugs, infide... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you're drawn to see superb acting in a high-energy dramatic work.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about sex, cursing, real life.

Also It's exciting to see actors so engaged with each other. The relationsh... Read more Read less

Surprising, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Dark

See it if you're interested in dark dramas and want to be captivated by an intense show. Production is well done for small scale and great acting.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light. This is dark and intense and contains scenes with drugs, sex, and violence.

Absorbing, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You like theater that is funny one moment and intense a moment later Solid acting.

Don't see it if You hate shows that have cursing, yelling,violence, drug use, and/or sex- all fairly abundant here.

Also The way they used the small set was masterful.


See it if Things heat up once all the visitors show up - screaming, violence, and something shocking in last scene.

Don't see it if Starts off kinda slow and a good chunk of the beginning could be cut.

Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see a play about immature adults partying their way through a hurricane. Good Acting which is better than the script.

Don't see it if You re easily offended by drugs, infidelity and toilet humor jokes.

Cliched, Entertaining, Intense, Raunchy, Romantic

See it if You want to spend time with a group of stereotypes hunkering down to ride out a hurricane . ..a bit too timely

Don't see it if You want depth of character and people you can relate to , predictable behavior and plot twists

Intense, Raunchy, Edgy, Angry, Bleak

See it if Close friends with secrets & resentments get wasted and erupt into pain. Drugs & sex can’t save them. Maybe just death. Enjoyed the acting.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see damaged people with a bleak future making bad choices. Simulated sex, alcohol, drugs, profanity and violence.

Absorbing, Solid script, Strong acting, Interesting

See it if You like melodrama. It is well performed and written. A bit soap opera-ish but still interesting. 90 min, no intermission. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if You don’t like stories of betrayal or the f-word. They use that a lot.

Entertaining, Interestingly staged

See it if you want to be taken back to the Blitz times & want interesting lines

Don't see it if you don't like group sings

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like great acting and an edgy storyline ... the characters are rich, believable, pathetic ... the playwright has some great insights ...

Don't see it if you won't see it if you're seated in certain parts of the theater because the staging does not take what the audience can see into account

Absorbing, Cliched, Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if to discover a new writer & company, you like straight-forward plays & plots with folk marooned in a single location as secrets get revealed

Don't see it if not a fan of scenarios with characters forced to shelter together or melodrama, expect more elaborate stage effects to convey disaster

Cliched, Good acting, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if you enjoy good performances. Though I was not enamored with the play itself, I can appreciate that it has a solid cast who dive right in.

Don't see it if you're bored of the cheating spouses arc. While not the only thing happening, it is central to the play and brings nothing new to the table.

Cast & Creatives (9)