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Whirlwind

From 4 critic and 45 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Clever, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

This new eco-comedy explores the precarious intersection of business, science, and sexual politics involved when “going green.”

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"Whirlwind" centers around the operations at Arrow Energy, a wind developer whose hundreds of turbines are directly in the migratory path of endangered birds. Bethany, a health and safety manager for Arrow, is tasked with distracting and diverting the efforts of Michael, a wildlife advocate, from challenging the expansion of their wind farm—an assignment that becomes all the more complicated when the two become romantically entangled, while Bethany also dodges inappropriate courting from her boss, Cooper.

1h 25m | Already closed | The Wild Project (East Village)


85
TheaterScene.net

"These two mild points aside, Jaffee's script is nevertheless hugely successful in conveying this man-vs-nature clash; his use of clever dialogue and idiosyncratic characters keep the topic in the forefront with much humor and without any preachy heavy-handedness." Full Review

80
New Yorker

“Don’t judge a play by its ending: Jordan Jaffe’s 'Whirlwind' features a slightly preachy coda that feels tacked on, especially after the delightful eighty minutes that precede it. Jaffe has come up with that rare theatrical beast—the unabashed romantic comedy...Sriram’s quick-witted performance powers Dan Amboyer’s production, which noticeably slackens when she’s offstage. Fortunately, that does not happen much.” Full Review

80
Off Off Online

"It’s the intimate scenes that work most memorably, the character interactions, often with a gentle satiric humor...Amboyer takes full advantage of his two stars’ chemistry and charm. They manage to paper over the play’s illogic on occasion and they deliver even the most innocuous dialogue with a delicate touch...Their star-crossed relationship is a memorable one, and Jaffe’s climax proves a bittersweet conclusion to a production of modest means yet ample satisfactions." Full Review

45
Exeunt Magazine

"Here, believability and hilarity are in equally short supply. Ultimately, a show that promises to be a boisterous maelstrom instead merely kicks up dust...The target is the disconnect between modern environmentalism’s progressive goals and some of its practitioners’ dubious motivations—profit, personal ambition, and sexual conquest. It’s a legitimate, if somewhat feeble, critique. The play’s central political conflict, however, rests on shakier ground." Full Review


94
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if Supremely acted by three engaging, attractive actors. Excellently written - had the ring of truth. Interesting story with compelling themes.

Don't see it if Small venues, intimate places might not be for you? Go.

94
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You enjoy smart, funny shows that look at business x science x relationships. You enjoy effective stage design.

Don't see it if You want a drama.

93
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if Great trio of actors. My favorite is Annapurna Srinam. Clever use of the small stage with the gardens in the office scene and the ALSO .

Don't see it if .75 minutes... Public transportation is a problem..

Also wind turbines for the outdoor scene . Nature 1, vs Nature 2, ,maybe no... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky, Relevant, Witty

See it if you enjoy smart, funny shows. This politically relevant comedy held my interest and provided many more laughs than I expected

Don't see it if you don’t want to go to see a show in an out of the way location. Definitely took me longer to get to theater than the 75 minutes long play

Also I thoroughly enjoyed this work and the 3 actors in it. First time seei... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the very messy intersection of environmentalism, corporate culture, and gender politics.

Don't see it if You want something showier than three people who mostly sit around talking, you don't care about the environment.

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you're even vaguely interested in environmental issues; you want to see truly great acting; you love bird puns

Don't see it if you're not interested in a show centered around character relationships

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Quirky

See it if You are passionate about the saving the environment and like quirky shows

Don't see it if You like slow moving deep dramas

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want a fun "eco-friendly" evening. Great writing + acting + directing. Fast, witty and funny. Worth the trek to LES! It's a "hoot" :)

Don't see it if You want a serious story. This is just plain fun - with some avian fun facts thrown in. It's a trek to the theatre in LES.

Also First time at the Wild Project and I'm super impressed. Fantastic thea... Read more Read less

89
Worth a whirl

See it if A fast paced show with cast that pick up their cues.

Don't see it if Boring set. Venue in the middle of nowhere. Zero interest in environmental issues.

Also Conn, Sriram and Wu all give the best performances the play could dema... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like a no frills professional production of an intelligent show, with a stellar performance by the central figure.

Don't see it if you need perfect writing (some cliches and unnecessary touches) or you are passionate about ecological politics. (pokes fun at both sides).

88
Great acting, Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like seeing great actors put themselves in awkward-but-relevant positions. This show is like a rom-com meets soap opera.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor and aren't open to laughing about both sides of an environmental argument.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy excellent and extremely nuanced acting, interesting and plausible plot line, thought provoking subjects., women playing the game

Don't see it if you don't care a feather about environmental issues, office politics and sexual innuendo; you prefer mindless musicals.

84
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you're interested in environmental issues brought to light in a simple romantic comedy

Don't see it if you're not interested in issues involving the environment, don't enjoy light romantic comedy,

84
Ambitious, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you’d enjoy a politically relevant comedy, and especially if you saw Jaffe’s Crude at Ars Nova - this is part of that series.

Don't see it if you aren’t open to examining the unexpected environmental costs of trying to protect the environment.

84
Great acting, especially sriram, Relevant, Script captures voice of contemporary generation

See it if Environmental activist confronts wind farm worker and her supervisor to reduce negative impact on birds & make energy production more green.

Don't see it if You don’t mind a simple set and a whirlwind of a plot with a crazy ending.

84
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Quirky

See it if you'll enjoy an intelligent one act comedy. It's a fun show which makes some serious points. Believable characters and witty dialogue.

Don't see it if you prefer fully staged plays, large casts, musicals, etc. The set is very simple. You don't like one acts.

84
Dramatic dilemma of clean energy threatening endangered birds

See it if Nifty three-hander of bird activist, environmental manager, and her boss at a wind farm company. Policy tensions mirror personal desires.

Don't see it if Clever dialogue, superior acting and directing. The environmentalism element is never boring in the least. Ending is a little far-fetched.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if The chemistry among the three actors was wonderful and at times I even forgot that I was watching a play. The context was smart and engaging

Don't see it if You don't like rom coms. The ending got a bit preachy but for the most part, the play hung together quite well.

83
Great staging, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if Intelligent three-hander with skillful performances overshadow weaknesses in script

Don't see it if Tale oft told about corporations vs environmentalists as David vs. Goliath bore you

82
Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Thoroughly enjoyable show. Well written, good acting and not preaching. But will never look at ducks same way again

Don't see it if Looking for big Broadway production.

82
Interesting, Fast paced, High-level acting, Funny

See it if Finding humor in unexpected topics is your thing, and you appreciate good acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a large-scale, elaborate production.

Also This three-person play moves along efficiently, propelled by excellent... Read more Read less

82
Witty, Relevant, Sharp, Contemporary, Brisk

See it if you like quick, sharp, incisive shows with flawed but recognizably human characters. Witty, sexy dialogue plus a little social commentary.

Don't see it if you'd be bothered that a show addressing serious ecological issues ultimately would prefer to settle for humor rather than be too political.

82
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy strong comedic female roles.

Don't see it if you want a serious discussion about green energy.

Also The female lead was fantastic–she really stole the show with her portr... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if If you enjoy satirical stories about the environment. This is a well done production worthy seeing it.

Don't see it if If you don't like funny stories.

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want a cute, small, quirk of a play. This doesn't amaze as much as amuse. And it's only 70 minutes.

Don't see it if expect a serious examination of environmental issues or depth. This is a sketch of a play...and it works like that.


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