The production, under the leadership of Tony-winning director Doug Hughes, is simply smashing. It is continuously tense, relentlessly engaging, and theatrically dazzling throughout. John Lee Beatty’s majestic two-story set is incredibly detailed and especially amazing when it comes crashing down in that dreaded hurricane at the center of the movie, here recreated with astoundingly real special effects. Still, what makes this production succeed so splendidly is the cast. Andy Garcia is riveting, obnoxiously grandiose and wonderfully slimy in an endearing way and Joely Fisher is mesmerizing, even surpassing Claire Trevor in the role which won her an Oscar. As exceptional and promising as this memorable theatrical reinvention is, it would surprise me if its evolution ended when it closes here. Credit for part of what this team has accomplished is that it was created under commission from the Geffen initiated by and with the blessing of Matt Shakman, who in his two-year reign as the complex’s artistic director has made the Geffen Playhouse a place to watch once again.