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