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Fire and Air

From 158 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (158)


Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious, Indulgent
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During previews
Great acting, Indulgent, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of any of the actors, or want to see a show that looks and sounds pretty.

Don't see it if You can't stand plays that jump around without much explanation. You're looking for a bio play that will include fully formed characters.

During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Impressive cast

See it if you enjoy listening to people talk about ballet; you want to see an A-list cast in an intimate space

Don't see it if you have no interest in ballet; you would be frustrated that a play about a ballet company features almost no dancing

Also I was looking forward to seeing this based on the cast, and having enj... Read more Read less

During previews
Confusing, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if you want to watch a show in a really beautiful space. The actors were doing the best they could with a confusing and jumbled script.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show you'll understand.

During previews
Intelligent, Slow, Blah

See it if interested in the history of ballet. I enjoyed learning about this aspect of art in 20th century. Also had muscled scantily clad young men!

Don't see it if you are looking for Mr. McNally's next great work. For me, the text lacked intensity or drama, sorry to say!

During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

See it if you like anything related to the Ballets Russes; you want to see James Cusati-Moyer's charismatic Nijinsky; you're a John Doyle completist.

Don't see it if You'd prefer a portrait of Diaghilev that rises above cliché; you want to see John Doyle or Terrence McNally at their best.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You're a fan of Sergei Diaghilev or want to see a unique staging of an intimate character-piece

Don't see it if You want a thought-provoking show or one that will hold your undivided attention for the duration

Also I entered the theatre and was immediately struck by scenic design - so... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Resonant, Intense, Slow

See it if enjoy Terrence McNally plays, you enjoy productions driven by a single central character, and top-notch acting.

Don't see it if you dislike somewhat sensationalized stories (it's melodramatic at times) and/or disjointed narratives.

Also This feels like a production of a work in progress. It's not McNally's... Read more Read less

During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see incredible acting and brilliant writing

Don't see it if No reason NOT to see this show.

February 1st, 2018
"Hodge blusters, whines, and suffers wonderfully, coloring in the character all the way to the outlines, and a little beyond...But if Diaghilev is dramatic, he doesn’t much lend himself to drama...Starved of dramatic propulsion, the play devolves into a symposium on aesthetics...There may yet be ...
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February 1st, 2018
"Under normal circumstances, McNally’s boneless assemblage of scenes would be merely dull, but we’ve all spent the last four months thinking about another bullying producer who demanded sexual thralldom from his stars. Harvey Weinstein’s stink makes McNally’s already disappointing drama seem even...
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February 1st, 2018
"Why is McNally’s 'Fire and Air' such leaden drama?...The play almost never achieves the loft and ferocity implied by its titular elements...You can cast a beautiful, talented actor, but after two hours of hearing about his character’s genius without getting to witness a performance of it, that f...
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February 1st, 2018
"You'll want to learn more about the legendary dance company Ballets Russes...Not because 'Fire and Air' is so good, but rather because the play is so lifeless that the real story must certainly be more interesting...There are plenty of problems besides the writing...Doyle's propensity for minima...
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