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. More…
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.
See it if you want to know a tiny bit about these historical figures. Great performance by Hodge who is the show and has 85% of all lines.
Don't see it if You want to understand more about the characters. The staging is confusing and the narrative truncated.
See it if You like very wordy plays with minimal sets and few transitions between scenes to help you understand the plot development. Beautiful words.
Don't see it if You don’t want to work very hard to keep up with what’s going on, character motives and reasoning. With the minimal set it’s extra hard.
See it if Listless, dull & chronologically confusing, bio-drama captures nothing of the exciting creative ferment of the time Contived McNally prose
Don't see it if Hodge huffs & puffs as Diaghilev but to no avail; other excellent actors wasted Doyle's minimal staging a huge misfire with little dancing!!
See it if you've already decided you like John Doyle's style.
Don't see it if you don't have to. Douglas Hodge is a fascinating performer but that one positive element isn't enough to justify this whole show.
See it if evocative Les Ballets Russes drama with a central destructive relationship in the dance world is of particular interest.
Don't see it if you want to avoid the John Doyle treatment. Or if you want to see the nadir of Nijinsky.
See it if you enjoy “serious theatre,” terrific performances (give Douglas Hodge all the awards now), or stories about dance and passion.
Don't see it if you like lighter fare and more “consumable” narratives. This one can be tough to follow if your attention lapses (which it very well may).
See it if You are a ballet fan and enjoy stories about ballet impresarios and famous dancers. Nijinsky is the star ballerina. It is a McNally play.
Don't see it if Dislike homosexuality and are disinterested in ballet and creative temperaments. Slow-moving.
See it if You're interested in the arts especially the history of the 20th Century.
Don't see it if You're already well versed in the history of 20th Century arts
See it if you enjoy great acting and Terrence McNally albeit not as his best
Don't see it if confusing cliched drama with male nudity is not for you
See it if Not compelling or even well written, stale presentation of Diaghilev's obsession with Nijinsky. Lots of scenery chewing for less than...
Don't see it if interesting characters. Can't tell if Diaghilev is miscast, badly directed or poorly conceived but it's a misfire. And stage floor squeaks.
See it if You enjoy a top cast in a mediocre play, sparse set design, and unfocused plot
Don't see it if You want to come away with a clear understanding of Ballet Russe
See it if You want to see John Doyle's latest bare staged play.
Don't see it if If you want an interesting story about Diaghilev and Nijinsky. Mostly Douglas Hodge ranting. Others characters (great cast) wasted.
See it if enjoy a treatise on Diaghalev by a a playwrite that clearly enjoys talking about art and art-marking
Don't see it if want more than a then-this-is-what-happened story
See it if You are interested in the Ballet Russes. Douglas Hodge was very good in his role as Diaghilev. The script however was uneven and disjointed.
Don't see it if You want a better understanding of the characters in the play and their relationship with each other.
Also The squeaking floor was a distraction!
See it if you are interested in the history of the characters or enjoy the actors in the show--they perform the material they are given exquisitely.
Don't see it if you are expecting a clear, linear story line. The piece jumps in time in an often confusing way if you are not expecting it.
See it if You want to see a top tier cast and creative team in a small venue. The performances were excellent, the story okay, and a heartbreaking end
Don't see it if You’re looking for big theater, don’t like erotic works, are a prude, or just really really want something to happen. Lots of quiet moments
See it if are interested in one of the towering figures of Ballet and his romantic life; excellent performances, especially from Douglas Hodge
Don't see it if Are homophobic, not a fan of history or ballet
See it if you are able to enjoy a group of outstanding actors struggle to bring life to a non-existent play about an important part of ballet history.
Don't see it if you are not interested enough in ballet history to see two hours of research which has not been molded into a coherent well-structured play.
See it if You know nothing about Sergei Diaghilev or the Ballets Russe and you'd like to know. Or, you could read his bio in Wikipedia.
Don't see it if You want scenery, a conventional plot, a proscenium stage, dancers dancing in a play about the ballet.
See it if you are really, really interested in the Ballets Russes and its creators and don't mind lots of exposition and very little drama.
Don't see it if you want to see a genuinely dramatic story with strong dialogue and fully realized characters.
See it if Enjoyable cast of Glover, Mason, Mazzie, Johnson. Learn some Russian cultural history. Mostly very good writing.
Don't see it if Leads are insufferable, playing over the top artistes, easily wearing out their welcome. Minimalist set of two giant mirrors is tres boring.