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"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." Full Review
“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." Full Review
“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." Full Review
“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.” Full Review
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.