The Diana Tapes
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The Diana Tapes
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The Diana Tapes NYC Reviews and Tickets

72%
(63 Ratings)
Positive
71%
Mixed
24%
Negative
5%
Members say
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

About the Show

With the 20th anniversary of the Princess’s untimely death upon us, this new drama explores the subterfuge and deception which lead to a scorching climax and changed celebrity, privacy, and the Windsor family forever.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (63)

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115 Reviews | 47 Followers
84
Exquisite, Intelligent, Quirky, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You are interested in true stories that explore personal intrigue. If you have interest in Princess Diana and want to look at that time

Don't see it if If you like people who do impressions of historical people. If you have no interest in Princess Diana.

161 Reviews | 23 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Dated, Intelligent

See it if You like the royal family and are interesting to think more about what Princess Diana was really like/her motives for releasing the tapes.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Martin's book or the royal family or Diana. The play expects you to know the basics to get into the story.

265 Reviews | 44 Followers
79
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Great staging

See it if You want a well acted story about Diana. I did not know that much about her but learned a few things from this production.

Don't see it if You are looking for big splashy sets.

305 Reviews | 39 Followers
79
Something to think about

See it if If you were fascinated by Diana and read the Morton book you will enjoy this. Acting by Jorge Morales Pico is excellent.

Don't see it if You are bothered by loud noise and furniture moving.

57 Reviews | 6 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Engaging short play about the dilemma of public and private life and the risks of friendship and greed.

Don't see it if It is not a hard hitting expose or royal soap opera.

69 Reviews | 17 Followers
79
Thought-provoking, Interesting, Ambitious, Clever, Minimal staging

See it if You like plays about real, complicated people.

Don't see it if You could care less about the royal family. Read more

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123 Reviews | 18 Followers
78
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in Diana's turmoil as princess

Don't see it if You are expecting something other than a simply staged historical ? drama

783 Reviews | 149 Followers
77
Intersting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Good acting

See it if if you like Princess Diana alittle or alot. Not a long story, but a nice story.

Don't see it if Not big stage number or if you do not like subject. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

TheaterScene.net
May 27th, 2018

"Mr. Clements’ treatment of these events is straightforward and confirms existing perceptions of these figures...That there are no surprises or fresh insights could be overcome if the production had vitality but it doesn’t...The alluring Ana Cristina Schuler is a winningly credible Diana...The saga of Princess Diana is certainly rich material for the stage but that potential hasn’t really been demonstrated here."
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Theatre is Easy
May 30th, 2018

"The one-act makes for an enjoyable evening. Obviously it takes skill to recreate Diana..The ensemble pulls it off in the end...The inherent structural challenge with trying to make a thriller out of a history play is that we already know how the story ends...I’m hesitant to say that the play adds much new to the conversation about Princess Di. But perhaps for a true Anglophile, the issue of novelty is less pressing than the chance to relive history."
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Times Square Chronicles
May 29th, 2018

"This production is amateurish and makes ninety minutes seem more like 3 hours. Part of this is due to the direction by Wednesday Sue Derrico...The events are straightforward, but it is hard to follow, as this seems more like a student production. None of the actors are old enough...Only the lighting designer Elizabeth M. Stewart and Ms. Wall’s costume design seem NYC ready. I was intrigued to see this show, but the material does not live up to the name Princess Diana."
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Blog Critics
May 29th, 2018

"For those unfamiliar with her entire story, Clements teases out an interesting view into Diana…‘The Diana Tapes’ asks intriguing questions, but falters from a lack of intensity...The taped conversations and interaction between friends Colthurst and Diana are key…The characterization did not manifest Diana’s turmoil and inner conflict in sustained emotionalism throughout. When both actors did hit their notes and make their relationship believable, those scenes popped.”
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StageBiz.com
May 27th, 2018

"With an insightful, balanced mixture of fact and creative nonfiction, Clements and his What Will the Neighbors Say colleagues dramatize events leading to the 1992 publication of 'Diana: Her True Story-in Her Own Words'...That’s plenty for director Wednesday Sue Derrico to work with, since Diana’s cooperation proved difficult...'The Diana Tapes' is a smart variation on the Diana myth. The only thing Clements doesn’t answer is what happens to Andrew Morton and Dr. Colthurst."
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