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.
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.
“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 coherence...This memorable production will touch the hearts of those who see it, one that native New Yorkers should never forget. Most significantly, 'Fire’s' currency for today is unmistakable."
“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 the audience, left to mourn the tragedy, ‘Fire’ is a searing reminder of a historical event that should never be forgotten.”
"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 Stuart Zagnit...The design elements truly for the most part really help this production...A viable work and I look forward to watching this company grow."
“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...‘Fire’ is most successful in its sympathetic recognition of humanity...It also triumphs in its reaffirmation of the socio-political need for unionization and safety regulations."