Fire in Dreamland
Closed 1h 40m
Fire in Dreamland
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Fire in Dreamland NYC Reviews and Tickets

67%
(120 Reviews)
Positive
46%
Mixed
41%
Negative
13%
Members say
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Absorbing

About the Show

Set in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Public Theater's new drama breaks the boundaries of time and narrative to explore the astonishing things we create in the face of devastation.

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Member Reviews (120)

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716 Reviews | 157 Followers
82
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you're interested in Coney Island history & the creative process in making movies, honest look at how someone can be scammed and rise again

Don't see it if Coney Island, making movies and misbegotten love affairs don't interest you, don't like stories that hint at denouement out of sequence

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
60
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Jones' captivating performance goes a long way to ease the tedium of this messy, enervating drama w/ Beltran a cipher & Gjokaj a gifted user

Don't see it if Groff's roller coaster of a script Is all dips & turns but no thrills Too many forced metaphors & unexplored themes leave one exhausted

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
45
Disappointing, Slow, Banal, Overrated

See it if Your a/c is broken

Don't see it if You’ve got anything else to do

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Underrated

See it if you appreciate great acting and like stories about vulnerability, deception, or creativity. Pace is good and only 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that require your imagination. I could see why some found it confusing since characters describe movie you don't see.

291 Reviews | 708 Followers
63
Confusing, Disjointed

See it if you have patience to figure out what's going on. Lots of symbolism and portentous speeches that went over my head.

Don't see it if you need a clear narrative.

408 Reviews | 56 Followers
66
Superb acting, Resonant, Non-traditional format, Slow at times, Confusing

See it if you like non-traditional format, simply wonderful acting and people trying to find their place in the word, their passion & relationships.

Don't see it if you have to struggle to understand the themes, some slow and tedious parts and dislike characters who labor with what they want out of life.

394 Reviews | 70 Followers
25
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are jonesing for a fix of Naomi Jones on stage, but know that she doesn’t sing a note in this production.

Don't see it if you are expecting to ride the rollercoaster pictured on the cover of the playbill, because this carnival ride gets stuck on the tracks. Read more

356 Reviews | 108 Followers
65
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You are interested in some of the history of Coney Island. However, this play was confusing and incoherent.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy watching an abusive relationship. Hard to believe someone with 2 masters degrees would be taken in with such ease. Read more

Critic Reviews (29)

The New York Times
July 16th, 2018

"Rinne Groff’s shaky parable of art and love and licorice...Affectionate, but never especially persuasive...The play borrows from the current template of the rom-com, in which love allows a childish man to grow up and an uptight woman to loosen up. But there’s something uglier and yet not ugly enough operating here...The play takes a more compelling turn just at the end, exploring what we do after a calamity and how we might, with care and pain, rebuild our boardwalks and our hearts."
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Time Out New York
July 16th, 2018

"Faltering but beautifully performed dramedy... Director Marissa Wolf does strong work, and Groff’s script includes a number of elegant touches, like time hops and flashbacks...The play’s weakness comes from its lack of a serious central conflict...Its main tragic moments, told in monologue, concern animals that have been dead for more than a hundred years. For a drama that's about focusing on reality and present suffering, there's more sentimental smoke than emotional fire."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
July 16th, 2018

"If 'Fire in Dreamland' falters a bit in its tale—which remains compelling overall thanks to Groff’s humor and sensitivity and the production’s game trio of actors—it does so by never quite grabbing us fully by the throat. It has us firmly and kindly by the hand, and it leads us on a largely lovely journey, but there’s pain and shock and betrayal along that path, and in Wolf’s rendering we’re kept largely insulated from these gut feelings."
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Theatermania
July 16th, 2018

"This fascinating and funny new play...Jones makes an appealing and instantly relatable everywoman...Director Marissa Wolf has tightly staged this play with jump cuts, denoting a shift in scenes using only a slight pulse in the lights...Groff makes a persuasive argument: That dishonesty exists because we want it to — because we prefer beautiful dreams to depressing reality."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 17th, 2018

“A play that is marked by persistent vagueness of purpose...Jones's presence is effortlessly compelling, her delivery authoritative...Kate, as written, isn't sufficiently engaging, and her willful blindness to her circumstances becomes increasingly grating...Wolf, can't bring any clarification to this skittish tale, her overall handling feels professional...An unpersuasive drama about art and love. A great drama about this terrible event has yet to be written.”
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Talkin' Broadway
July 16th, 2018

"Choppy but nonetheless intriguing and well-acted play...One of the strengths the playwright brings to the table lies in her ability to take a familiar trope and provide it with unexpected twists and turns. None of the three characters is merely a stereotype...Under Marissa Wolf's direction, all three actors leap fearlessly into their performances...There definitely are times when the play would be well served with the trimming away of superfluous elements."
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New York Stage Review
July 16th, 2018

"Marissa Wolf directs Groff’s opus creditably, and Jones, Gjokaj and Beltran perform it well. Though perhaps ultimately unable to make Kate completely sympathetic, Jones does her attractive utmost...As Groff spun her unsatisfying tale, I knew what every word meant, but more and more I stopped caring."
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New York Stage Review
July 16th, 2018

"It’s an interesting and beautifully staged play, directed by Marissa Wolf, with a fantastic central performance from Rebecca Naomi Jones, that’s less than entirely fulfilling only because Groff tries to squeeze quite so much into its 90 minutes...Here, there’s real-world tragedy, too. But the experience ends up being, perhaps, a bit like that fire: thrilling and exciting, and just too much to take in."
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