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.
"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
“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
"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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
See it if witnessing three couples getting into an all night knock-down, drag out verbal, sexual and physical fight in a trailer sounds like fun!
Don't see it if strong language, simulated sex, drinking, drugging, domestic violence and abusive relationships make you uncomfortable.
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.
See it if Thigpen's hurricane/apocalyptic melodrama keeps raising its velocity to a fever pitch. Thankfully, director Dizzia & company hold their own
Don't see it if It's not the melodrama that fells the piece; it's the dysfunction It keeps rising like a storm's flood waters until it submerges everything
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 Totally different show. Something clicked. The production was AWESOME during previews & now it’s PHENOMENAL.Hands down BEST play Off Bway!
Don't see it if Everyone should have to see this show. It’s an acting lesson for students. It’s a gift for theatre goers. This play should be in Times Sq!
See it if The dialog is fast ,furious and clever provided that you stay up with it . There are a ton of laughs.The acting is over the top..
Don't see it if If you have virgin ears you may want to go see the Lion King.
See it if You appreciate well crafted professional actors transforming a space into something truly realistic. High drama. Tension filled.
Don't see it if Don’t risk upsetting yourself by seeing this if your friends or family are currently under attack from Hurricane Florence.
See it if Saw it 2night, a rainy Wednesday & was transported immediately to SC into the threat of a storm!PERFECT all around!Celebrity filled audience
Don't see it if You’re timid and you prefer classical theater. This show will ROCK YOUR FACE OFF! I will be back to see it again with girlfriends.
See it if My wife and I agree:BEST play we’ve seen On or Off Broadway in the past two years. A thrill ride of uncomfortableness topped by perfect cast
Don't see it if You won’t appreciate this show if you have issues with; adult language, drugs, alcohol, sex, domestic violence, and comedy. There’s a lot.
See it if If the classics bore you and you’re looking for something outside the box,THIS IS IT! Production is on par with the best I’ve seen this year
Don't see it if Loud noises, sex, storms, drugs, alcohol, foul language, and cheating couples make you sad or uncomfortable. These actors make you BELIEVE.
See it if Guaranteed best $40 you will spend on any show in town. Fast paced. Hilarious. Raunchy. Real. Dramatic. The makings of a HIT.
Don't see it if If you saw your dad hit your mom when you were a child, this probably isn’t the best choice unless therapy is on your horizon.
See it if Can’t shake this show from my brain. A mesmerizing feat for the stage. A cocktail of intensity, high emotion, and fantastical personalities.
Don't see it if Don’t go see it if you’re expecting Stoppard or O’Neill. This is down and dirty in every sense. Probably not for 65+.
See it if Unbelievably entertaining, riveting, dangerous & scary. Performances from Lacy Meyer and Michael Abbott Jr are worth the ticket price alone.
Don't see it if No need to waste your time on this one if sitting with a lump in your throat for 90 minutes due to the tension isn’t your cup of tea.
See it if you want to wake up the next morning still thinking about the story and the fact that you want to have a threesome with two of the actors.
Don't see it if you are offended by loud sounds, explicit language, drugs, sex, and inappropriate thoughts about actors.
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