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 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.
“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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."