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Women On Fire: Stories from the Frontlines

From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant, Great acting

About the show

The Royal Family presents updated production of this evening of original monologues performed by a rotating cast of accomplished actresses including Kathleen Chalfant. More…

From the show:

Based on true stories as collected by director/ writer Chris Henry, as she explores the "State of the United States" from different cultural, socio-economic, and diverse perspectives. The explosive choreography by Lorna Ventura weaves together the stories, creating a dynamic, theatrical event.

Member Reviews (52)


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

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fast-paced and passionate presentation of diverse stories on what it means to be a woman in today’s turbulent times

Don't see it if You want something light hearted. This has moments of humor but it covers heavy topics

Also The choreography and dance enhances the production and helps to pull i... Read more Read less

Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You’re fed up with the current administration and the treatment of women and immigrants in this country. See it if you want to be the change

Don't see it if You’re a conservative misogynist or if you want to see a straight play or musical. This is anything but traditional.

Also 16 incredible actresses telling anonymous stories that are relevant to... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Relevant, Great writing, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You like one person monologue plays. Though there are 16 actors they each deliver a monologue that helps build a tapestry when completed.

Don't see it if You’re a misogynist. This is a stunning piece of work but it’s told from women’s point of view, which just seems like truth to me.

For a previous production
Searing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if to hear symbolic voices of contrasting 21st C women in a series of heartfelt, provocative, empowering monologs that mostly avoid moralizing.

Don't see it if you are a misogynist. [Or maybe you should, if only to open your eyes & ears to the issues too many women have suppressed for too long.]

Also One should seize any opportunity to see Kathleen Chalfant in performan... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Uneven, Thought-provoking, Engaging, Conflicted, Well acted

See it if you would like to see 16 very powerful women performers deliver sometimes powerful stories, speeches & cries from the heart.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play: this is 90 minutes of direct address from 16 powerful performers, separated by short dance sequences.

Also A delay between seating the audience & the start of the performance of... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a powerful presentation on the issue of the day from many vantage points. Faces the truth with humor, sadness, good acting.

Don't see it if you are not open to listening to different points of view presented in ways that delight and challenge.

For a previous production
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent

See it if You want an array of monologues from the words of & performed by women. You want terrific acting.

Don't see it if You don't want politically left POVs. You want more professional polish:awkward open& end speeches+praise fishing detract from the show.

For a previous production

See it if 80 min of monologues by various women, some very well acted by top actresses. Tales of hurt, political tales, etc.

Don't see it if Dance interludes were amateurish; mixed bag of actresses. Strong incense created a funky unpleasant smell. Harsh lighting at times.

For a previous production
Passionate and fierce, Lovely acting, Absorbing, Kudos to the dancers and choreographer!, Uneven

See it if Want to hear differing perspectives of contemporary women told in short monologues by a skilled group of actors. And oh! Dancers, too.

Don't see it if Want linear story told traditionally. Lots of emoting, including rage, yet little story arc. Diverse, raw, & may be uncomfortable for some.

Also SPOILER: The format is that all 16 actors are seated on chairs upstage... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Good attempt at social commentary

See it if You’re into women issues as told in monologues

Don't see it if You want to see a play. Not a series of monologues.

For a previous production
Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Resonant

See it if This is a MUST see for WOMEN and the men that want to understand and respect them.

Don't see it if you can’t walk 4 flights of stairs, (no elevator)however if you can make the 4 flights this is a must see I don’t care what you want or like

For a previous production
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Fifteen feminist monologues accompanied by a quartet of dancers, most were well-written and dramatically performed. Important issues.

Don't see it if You have trouble walking up 50 steps from street to stage level.

For a previous production
Resonant, Charismatic cast, Overall well done, Impassioned

See it if you’re frustrated with the way things are; will be motivated, rather than depressed, by women reacting to how little progress has been made.

Don't see it if uninterested in a call to arms for women who already want more change. It's not for proselytizing anyone who needs convincing.

Also I especially appreciate that the show avoids sob stories—none of the w... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Dated

See it if you can endure 65 min. wining regurgitation of same old “what women don’t want” for 10 min. of 2-3 insightful vignettes and decent dancing

Don't see it if you read or otherwise are familiar w/ debates re women-impacted issues for the last 50 years, don’t need/want dumbing down, want plot/climax

Also I found gratuitous inclusion of segment re entitled Miami-Cuban woman ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Good acting

See it if you like new works, political plays, raw productions, simple sets, good acting.

Don't see it if you dislike political plays;prefer a play w/a plot to a series of vignettes;dislike all female casts; dislike watching scripts being read.

Also There was less diversity of opinion and experience in this play than a... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Empowering, Cathartic, Thought-provoking, Great staging choreography and music, Great, uniformly strong performances

See it if A must see for women & other human beings; powerful performances, scathing relevant & honest from 20 amazing women of wide experience & age.

Don't see it if You’ve no interest in women—their treatment, issues or concerns; or think the state & tone of US & world politics towards them is just fine.

Also In this moment of fire and fury,... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Powerful

See it if you're interested in a variety of stories from women with different cultural, political and socio-economic backgrounds, plus dance elements.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged play with a complete story arc, or you are not interested in the stories of women.

For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Well-directed, Politically charged

See it if you feel enraged & impotent by the state of affairs in our country today; are concerned re.: the impact on women's lives from all viewpoints

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate angry & vocal women at odds with the system & each other, sounding off; cannot climb 3 flights of rickety stairs

Also This is not a play, but a series of brief 'monologues,' by 15+ women; ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if Women’s stories told through monologues by powerful actresses intercut and enhanced by dance sequences; moving and powerful voices

Don't see it if You need a more dramatic narrative or don’t want to understand women’s rage and frustration in this moment

For a previous production
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Somewhat cliched, Great dancing

See it if You want to see real stories told by a solid cast

Don't see it if You're not interested in women's stories or don't like fog effecrs

For a previous production
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great dancing

See it if Like outstanding imaginative dancing that unscores the themes. Uneven, but generally very good cast, presents several thoughtful issues.

Don't see it if Tired of still another diatribe against Trump. Tries to deal with too many issues. Some pieces condescending and objectionable.

For a previous production
Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to hear women’s view on current affairs (President, Me too movement, harrasment in work place) some great actors were the voice

Don't see it if You do not like experemintal theatre, or hear provocative, angry words from actors. This is not traditional, so do not expect such.

For a previous production
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slightly heavy-handed

See it if you want to see a really cool incorporation of dance into storytelling centered around women's experiences.

Don't see it if you're looking for an even treatment.

For a previous production
Clever, Great acting

See it if interesting blend of dancing with the womens statements, some good acting

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about women's issues

For a previous production
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if If you want to hear diverse voices of women standing up against oppression and sexism through brief confessions.

Don't see it if You want to see a traditional play.

May 23rd, 2018
for a previous production "Rarely–if ever– have I seen a cast of women this diverse who represent the entire swath of our country...I was pleasantly surprised by the scope and depth that the piece offers. It is more than just a #metoo play. It is more than just a feminist piece. It is more than just political. What it is ...
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