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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

About the show

Chatillion Stage Company presents the world premiere of this historical drama about New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. More…

In just a few short minutes on March 25, 1911, over 140 lives were abruptly extinguished when three floors of the Triangle Waist Company building were consumed in fire. Most of the casualties were female immigrants who had come to America to start new lives. 'Fire' dramatically interweaves fictionalized stories about these young transplants with actual testimony from the trial against the factory's owners. It explores the theme of avarice juxtaposed against the dream of living in a new land.

Member Reviews (54)


Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent
Avg Score

Disappointing, The fire itself is weirdly staged., The event more thought-provoking than play.

See it if You know nothing about the fire and want to learn some history through fictional characters' stories.

Don't see it if You have trouble w accents, an uneven cast, too much fussy staging, want to be deeply moved.

Also I had very high expectations for this having read all the other review... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great costumes, Resonant

See it if You r interested in a dramatic retelling of the Triangle Waist Co fire in 1911. Due to the lack of fire safety equipment, over 140 died.

Don't see it if You expect a happy ending. You do not care about the struggles of immigrants.

Also This situation is as relevant today as it was in 1911. Many workers ar... Read more Read less

Good story not well told

See it if Your interested in the subject

Don't see it if You want a well told story

Also Good performances. Good direction. Weak book.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy seeing an ensemble cast play multiple roles beautifully in an interesting space with an interesting subject.

Don't see it if You need a completely linear plot and can't deal with women playing men. Some mildly confusing moments aren't explained till the very end.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy plays about historical events presented from a personal point of view and in an unusual format.

Don't see it if you don't like actors playing several roles, non-linear action, small budget, simply staged productions; you aren't interested in history.

Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intense, Must see

See it if you want to see good acting and clever use of space. You like period costumes and different accents.

Don't see it if you don't like multiple roles by 1 actor. Easy to distinguish each (voice, dress, etc). You didn't like Titanic (u know how it ends).

Also Presenting the lives (albeit fictionalized) of different people was ve... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want a look into several lives involved in the fire

Don't see it if You want to be amused

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, One of the deadliest fires in workplace history

See it if like well acted, historically-based theater. You are interested in the events leading up to the famous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

Don't see it if do not like plays based on tragic historic events, do not like minimal staging, want to see something upbeat.

Intense, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if if you like plays based on history. The actors do convey the frustrations of the poor immigrants who worked hard but remain tired & hungry.

Don't see it if you don't like small theaters with the same actors playing several roles; or have little interest in the NYC fire in 1911

Also What I did enjoy the most is that the actors did convey the emotions a... Read more Read less

Low-budge historical dramatization

See it if Cast is great and the story is compelling just by the nature of the famous Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire it is based on.

Don't see it if The fire itself ( bunch of crappy neon) was an underwhelming effect and anti-climatic given the whole plot builds towards it.

Also I know it's off-Broadway but the addition of some pyro & a smoke machi... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Informative, Intelligent

See it if you like shows that shine a light on historical events.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are based on real events and/or are shows that are not always happy.

Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Well acted portrayal of workers and events . Excellent cast throughout.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable seats and too cold venue interfere with your watching excellent performance. Actors playing multiple roles sometimes confusing

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if A great and talented group of actors who take us to the 1911 Fire in NYC tells the story of love and loss among the workers of the factory.

Don't see it if The writing is clean and efficient without compromising the characters or the story. Pacing and direction make this a great night of theater

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if enjoyable, well acted play touching on the true events of the fire

Don't see it if you can't follow time shifts or the same actors playing different roles

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Unnecessarily disjointed

See it if ...yeah... i got nothing.

Don't see it if you don’t want to be disappointed. this was a missed opportunity to do this sad historical event justice.

Also to say the show was disjointed is being kind. the way the story jumped... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Convoluted, Important

See it if just see it!"Attention must be paid" to the Triangle Fire. This well acted take on the story needs to be seen.

Don't see it if the scenes which unnecessarily jump back and forth in time will make you crazy. You are looking for a fun evening.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Heartfelt, Sad

See it if You appreciate a wide range of characters played by only a few cast.

Don't see it if You dont like immigrant stories.

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like to see absorbing, interesting, thought provoking theatre.

Don't see it if you want to see the same old tried and true theatre.

It is as if the pages of the script fell to the floor and were reassembled at random, Pointless and inept dance numbers break the flow, Waste of some talented performers

See it if You know the performers; you think a Jewish tailor would tell his son not to become a lawyer because the lawyers in Germany were more honest

Don't see it if Coherent timelines matter

Also The storylines are clichés which randomly move back in forth in time. ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy actors playing lots of roles in an intimate setting and enjoy a story based on a historical event

Don't see it if You want an uplifting deep story that is not confusing

Historical, Ambitious, Insipid, Cliched, Demanding

See it if actors playing several roles is your thing; you don't know of the tragic event; ambitious staging in a small black box space turns you on.

Don't see it if loads of narration, pretentious dance breaks, sloppy staging, and scripts that ask actors to accomplish way too much bogs you down.

Absorbing, Great acting, Moving

See it if you would like to see a show where you know the ending but the characters from that time and place are brought to life with great emotion

Don't see it if you want a fast paced non human interest show about a time in history or don't like immigrant stories

Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you enjoy an entertaining show about a true event

Don't see it if you can't keep track of many scene changes

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Historically accurate moments, Relevant

See it if You are interested in this tragic event or seeing stories about historical moments in our country. It is well done.

Don't see it if You don't like people playing multiple parts, or if you prefer a linear story.

Disappointing, Banal, Insipid

See it if You see anything related to the Triangle fire, no matter how poorly written

Don't see it if You like narratives that make sense; you prefer dance numbers to have some reason to exist

October 20th, 2017
“The playwright uses a clever arc of development to unfold the various stories...The cast members’ exquisite talents along with the director’s acute skill in shepherding them toward the inevitability of horror, keep us enthralled, throughout...Every element of this production shines unified coher...
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October 18th, 2017
“It would be an engaging portrait of immigrant life during the Industrial Revolution, with everything that entails, even without that superb capstone of a final scene...Thanks to a talented cast and a carefully layered script, ’FIRE’ achieves a haunting transcendence for its characters. But for t...
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October 19th, 2017
"This fictional account is highly compelling as directed by Benjamin Viertel...Instead of a play that should move us to tears, everything seems disconnected and some of the factual evidence is wrong...The actors take on multiple roles and are quite impressive, especially Lauriel Friedman and Stua...
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October 18th, 2017
“A heartrending fictionalized account of the disaster...An engaging cast of eight takes on multiple roles...Though some of the shifts in character are at times confusing, the actors generally capture the individual personalities and define their situations with believable emotion and psychology.....
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