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The Dressmaker's Secret

From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

The Simon Studio presents a drama set in '60s Romania about a teenager desperate to escape to the west and his mother who's harboring a life-changing secret. More…

It's 1963. Nineteen-year-old Robi longs to escape communist Romania for the United States. However, the one person who can help Robi is a man his mother, Maria, is desperate to keep from him. During World War II, Maria was engaged to a Hungarian army officer, but fell in love with Zoli, a Jewish man whom she hid from the Nazis. The officer discovered Zoli, who was sent to Auschwitz, but spared the newly pregnant Maria’s life. Two decades later, the officer returns. Will the painful secrets of their past change the course of Robi’s future? 'The Dressmaker's Secret' is a heart-wrenching drama that examines the oppression of the police state, the defiant endurance of the human spirit, and the healing power of love.

Member Reviews (6)


Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if you are interested in the history of Communism in Hungary, how the war affected the lives of real people; how secrets can impact lives.

Don't see it if you expect a tightly written show with extensive staging; this is in a tiny black box with minimalist sets; you dislike intimacy with actors

Also I saw the first preview of this show; it kept my interest and the acti... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy a story that takes time to unfold, intimate theatre spaces, and post-WWII topics; I was engrossed throughout

Don't see it if You want a fast paced play; large or traditional precenium stage, and modern topic; it's a little long at 2+ hours

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if riveting dramatic pay represents the subject matter truthfully is the opinion of someone who has who has lived under an oppressive regime

Don't see it if you do not like to be in small spaces, where the actors are practically 1-3 ft. away from you.

Cliched, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you are moved by stories of the Holocaust. This is another touching tale. Best efforts by talent and an enjoyable evening.

Don't see it if You expect Broadway quality. This felt a bit amateur.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Dated, Raunchy

See it if The themes would be very meaningful to young marrieds who are making their way in the complex world of being a couple and being parents.

Don't see it if If you were a young adult in the 70's and 80's because you will know this story. Open marriages, alternate lifestyles and drugs are old hat.

Also There is some nudiity and explicit sexual references.

During previews
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You like plays with a powerful theme and intensity.

Don't see it if You don't have patience for a slowly-building intensity.

Also We saw the show last night and it was memorable.

February 14th, 2017
"Despite such elements of artificiality, Grunfeld and Simon have written something poignant...The vividness of these characters is matched by the vividness of the production itself...Roger Hendricks Simon's direction shares both the efficiency of the set and the evocativeness of the costumes. Wha...
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February 15th, 2017
"The bombshells come so thick and fast that the characters spend most of the play in a state of shock...If anything, Simon's direction emphasizes the clunky, portentous nature of the script; generally, the women fare better...'Secret' ends on a modestly touching note, but it could have been so mu...
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February 14th, 2017
"On the face of it, 'The Dressmaker's Secret' sounds a bit like a soap opera, one that easily could turn into a mawkish weeper. But thanks to the solid performances and Roger Hendricks Simon's direction, the play shows surprising depths as its themes of love, loss, regret, shame, and reconciliati...
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February 19th, 2017
"'The Dressmaker's Secret' is an important play that shines a light on the Holocaust, Eastern Europe's submission to Communist regimes, and the toll all this history has taken on a small corner of Europe."
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