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New York | 1h 20m | In Previews: Opens Feb 24

Hurricane Diane

From 3 critic and 20 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky

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?



75
Asbury Park Press

for a previous production "Director Leigh Silverman wrangles some controlled comic performances from her quintet of players, keeping things rooted among the fast-growing thickets of George’s larger-than-life scenario...Ultimately, 'Hurricane Diane' is a untamed and quirky ensemble exercise that balances its countertop seductions, disastrous visions and structural rough spots with overall good humor, which might have come in handy when studying Euripides back in school." Full Review

70
NJ.com

for a previous production "Full of quick, funny wit, the play is a comedy with designs on high-minded social critique. Its success in the latter endeavor is spotty, but 'Hurricane Diane' remains a droll treat...Silverman directs with an inventive eye...Drastic changes inevitably seem abrupt in a short play, and 'Hurricane Diane' doesn't avoid this pitfall. But the questions that the play's conclusion asks about human's relationship with nature and its forces resonate." Full Review

60
The New York Times

for a previous production "George’s puckish and brainy new eco-play...In Leigh Silverman’s lopsided world-premiere production, the friends make a cracking ensemble, each fully human and with her own comic charge...Blackwell’s tentative performance as Diane has no magnetism. Subdued to the point of flatness, it drains the life out of Ms. George’s humor — a particular shame for the beautifully written monologues." Full Review


98
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if Especially if you're an LGBTQ womxn or person, someone who likes good, well-structured comedy, feminism, or tasteful but playful sex jokes

Don't see it if I don't know why you wouldn't see it unless you hate women or queer folx. It's incredible. A great play for a date or to see with friends.

Also Greek gods reincarnate, gardening, New Jersey housewives, climate chan... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you need a smart, good laugh.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional drama.

90
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You want to see a hilarious piece by a brilliant writer. Madeleine George's piece is truly inspired, witty, and hilarious.

Don't see it if You aren't about strong female characters

Also All the characters shine in this play. While they all have their one-l... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Funny, Smart, Sharply written, Well played, Effectively staged

See it if you’d like to see a smart sitcom about today's ecological crisis that in the end transcends its former formal limits & blows the roof off!

Don't see it if you prefer your sitcoms to stay within the recognized bounds of the form.

Also In “Hurricane Diane” Dionysus, god of theater & mayhem, plots to take ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like politically relevant, funny, contemporary theater

Don't see it if Environmental issues or a (fantastic) trans actor.

85
During previews
Dionysus comes back as gardener to hilarious jersey housewives

See it if Uproarious comedy of butch dyke gardener/god having daffy Jersey women in thrall to save the earth. Becca Blackwell is a charismatic Diane.

Don't see it if Danielle Skraastad is hysterical as the manic Italian mom. George and Silverman had the audience rolling in the aisles at the first preview,

83
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if George's smart mash-up of Greek mythology, climate change & radical feminism is both savagely funny & boldly cautionary Sharp direction

Don't see it if Absurdist/allegorical ending derails piece George paints herself into an unusually strident corner; even the satiric Blackwell can't help

83
During previews
Reimagines euripedes' "bacchae": greek god dionysus, played as butch landscape gardener "diane," returns 2 seduce 4 modern nj women 2 install eco-friendly gardens/save planet; surprisingly hilarious as "eco-suburbanhousewife" comedy

See it if 1 of season's funniest social comedies, 4 women/Bacchae give side-splitting perfs, eloquently explains how modern civ wrecks environment

Don't see it if shift of tone/apocalyptic ending in final 15 mins misses the mark; actor playing Diane not commanding/irresistible enough

80
During previews
Exciting, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Wild

See it if you want to see a wild, messy yet well-observed play about the environment and the dangers of living in a blind spot of your own making.

Don't see it if you can't handle a little wild theatricality. This show eventually gives up on realism, but it's a satisfying ride throughout.

80
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you're interested in seeing queer stories on stage; you enjoy gently satirical takes of the suburbs; you like imaginative music in plays

Don't see it if you're not interested in the inner lives of women, our relationship to the planet

Also slow start but it picked up the pace and managed to bring real humor a... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Dizzying, Intense, Raunchy, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like plays that incorporate mythology (I do!), climate change, and queer pagan rituals. Fresh drama that directly addresses the audience

Don't see it if This premise doesn't sound awesome: Dionysus is back to save the earth baby, but they have to seduce 4 women on a NJ cul-de-sac to do it!

Also Even though some of the climate change rhetoric was super on the nose ... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Quirky, Refreshing, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want a good laugh from a show that actually has something to say.

Don't see it if you like realistic traditional theater, don't believe in global warming or have problems with gender bending characters.

75
During previews
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to watch great performances in an original, creative and off beat story ...and you are into Greek mythology.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in Greek myths and/or you want a sustained, engaging and credible story line.

75
During previews
Quirky, Creative writing and ensemble acting, Euripides “the bacchae” adapted to 21st century, Greek chorus sings praises for permaculture gardening

See it if Non-binary Diane (Dionysus) returns to the Garden State to promote permaculture and warn of complacency allowing environmental apocalypse.

Don't see it if Message is a little confusing and absurdist gender-behavior humor obscures rather than enhances.

Also In Euripides’ “The Bacchae”, the moral is humankind must incorporate s... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Thoughts on our planet sandwiching a gals TV sit-com style comedy/social commentary from a spot-on cast. Even saw-it-comings are well done.

Don't see it if Message comedies are not appealing, even at 90 minutes.

70
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of strong direction, acting & characters. Great comic performances. Farcical situations and a surprise ending.

Don't see it if You don't like farce or absurd comedy. You don't like plays that start as one world and end on a different note. You want a perfect play

Also All of the elements in this production are strong, especially the cast... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Quirky, Half-baked

See it if you're into weird, under-written, over-acted, hysteric productions that are filled with stereotypes, masquerading as women empowerment.

Don't see it if you're looking for a coherent, mature play, that has something new to say, expecting more than crass jokes and bland characters.

65
During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Confusing

See it if See it if you enjoy pre apocalyptic humor that soars over the top

Don't see it if you prefer plays with more focus and direction. It gets too silly for itself.

60
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You’re interested in modern plays based on mythology with women at the helm and leading the cast.

Don't see it if You dislike trite farces with characters that play to several typical stereotypes. The comedy isn’t very honest.

49
During previews
Indulgent, Misogynistic, Excrutiating

See it if you like hearing sorry jokes just said for effect.

Don't see it if you agree with the Me Too movement and feel that respect should be given to all people, including women.

Also The blurb on the NY Theatre Workshop website says "Dionysus has return... Read more Read less


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