Opens Feb 01

Fire and Air

Members say: Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing, Resonant
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Classic Stage Company's world premiere by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally explores the rich history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant Russian ballet company.

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Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. Directed by Tony Winner and CSC Artistic Director John Doyle. 'Fire and Air' contains nudity and adult themes and is intended for a mature audience.

 

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75
During previews
Slow, Talky, Some strong performances, Impressionistic, Moments of beauty

See it if You are intrigued by The Ballet Russes or are a Stoppard fan.

Don't see it if A slow rhythm and poetic style doesn’t work for you or you want to see dance.

Also My pleasure in this play crescendoed as I settled into the rhythm of t... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Indulgent, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have interest in the development of ballet in the early 20th century and the key figures

Don't see it if You expect drama or intriguing scenes, no drama ,no humor .

75
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see Douglas Hodge fill the stage with brilliance! He had such command of the space. It was thrilling to watch him perform.

Don't see it if You want to take a tremendous journey with the story but never leave the same setting. It felt like the same scene was played over & over.

65
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You have interest in Ballets Russe (Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Massine) but is paced very slowly and doesn’t really explore themes talked about

Don't see it if You have no interest or understanding of the Ballets Russes and players and don’t like plays that touch on themes in a surface way

Also Might have worked better as a ballet or production like The Red Shoes;... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are bored and can get cheap tickets.

Don't see it if Aren't interested in a weirdo being obnoxious because he's an artist and can get away with it.

69
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Good acting

See it if you are interested in the history of the Ballets Russes and the many famous people involved in it's legacy (Diaghilev, Nijinsky et al.)

Don't see it if you want a production as vivid as the people involved (in spite of the very good actors). Very talky.

Also Very few of the plot points are played out, only talked about. These w... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Clever, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you are a ballet &/or McNally fan; if not i'm unsure there's much appeal. Dialogue is witty & bodies pretty, but there isn't much there.

Don't see it if It's trying to say something profound about the nature of art, but fails. The sound is problematic - the actors don't project for the space.

88
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want to see a thought producing drama with very good acting based on real life people.

Don't see it if If you don’t like good drama.

73
During previews
Indulgent, Slow, Good acting, Minimalist set

See it if you are a ballet fan and interested in learning about the history of the Ballet Russes. Good acting all around. Interesting characters.

Don't see it if you need something fast paced and more engaging. Minimalistic set and staging make it hard to know when scenes change location and time.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Minimalist approach to an intruiging (historical) story of the Ballets Russes, Fine actors incl. Marsha Mason,Marin Mazzie and Douglas Hodge

Don't see it if Disinteret in love and art and their entanglement

78
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you have an interest in groundbreaking art of the the early 20th century, or the legacy of Diaghilev, Nijinsly & the Ballet Russes.

Don't see it if with no grounding in the history of the Ballet Russes, you'll be unlikely to have the tools to flesh out this sketch of it.

Also Playwright McNally easily finds the voice of impresario Diaghilev, but... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow

See it if You are interested in the evolution of ballet in the early 1900’s.

Don't see it if You need a linear script and light entertainment.

54
During previews
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if It started out with a blinding light..and got worse from there. Marsha Mason and Marin Mazzie were underutilized but their acting is great.

Don't see it if Confusing and boring and the sound was not good. The pace was too slow.