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Dress of Fire

From 3 critic and 39 member reviews
Members say: Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

In this new drama, the Trojan War is seen through the eyes of the women forced to endure man's need for power: Queen Hecuba, Cassandra, and she whose face launched a thousand ships, Helen of Troy.  More…

As the conflict rages around the walls of the city of Troy (whose dilemma strangely resembles that of our world today),each passionate character is as much preoccupied by her own personal drama as by the impending disaster that will sweep it all away. All their fates weave together as Helen of Troy weaves her loom.

Diandra Reviews it All

"One of the most surprisingly poignant plays I have seen...These actors' performances...each played their lines as if they were teaching morals lessons. They delivered their emotional words with the importance they deserved...A complete pleasure, but it is the type of play that relies 100% on its actors strength as an appeal...All vision comes from how the actors carry themselves and their words, of which the audience must invest in the moment...'Dress of Fire' asks you to listen and learn." Full Review


"The visually superb production makes for a rather pleasurable experience even if one can’t keep track of everything, grows restless listening to long soliloquies, or is not so enamored of the genre...Director Ioan Ardelean’s staging consists of a thrilling series of tableaus, precisely choreographed movement sequences and well-acted exchanges that are all optically arresting...'Dress of Fire' is not that emotionally involving but its snappy theatricality is stimulating." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The entire cast delivers impressive performances despite obvious challenges presented by the material. Kethevan’s classical-style writing is dense, verbose, and semi-Shakespearean in tone, but the actors manage to keep us involved and sympathetic until the end...Though Kethevan’s attempt to raise questions about our basic human drives – both savage and noble – is intriguing, the play could benefit from a more cohesive structure." Full Review

Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if love historical dramas.

Don't see it if you don't like historical dramas or great acting

Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting. You are interested in issues of war and peace. You like new works in an intimate venue. You like classic literature.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that depend largely on talk. You want light entertainment. You have no idea who Helen of Troy was and don’t care.

Sufficiently fiery

See it if Pendleton groupie.

Don't see it if Hate Greek drama and any adaptation thereof.

Also Pendleton is fine. Acting is a mixed bag. Beautiful stark white set, n... Read more Read less

Good acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if Pendleton fan. You enjoy hearing well acted soliloquies, women's point of views on war. You support new works and characters indiv thoughts

Don't see it if You don't like new works or small theaters or don't want to think- I found myself taking sides and walking away wanting to learn more

Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if If you like the classics and how they relate to today

Don't see it if If serious story telling is not your thing.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if If you're an Austin Pendleton fan, or are looking for some discussions on war and peace

Don't see it if You really need to see a conventional plot on stage.

Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a different take on the Trojan War

Don't see it if You want a light show

Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if if you want a new take on the Trojan War and a view of war from the women who watched their men play the game. Orhan/narrator is interesting

Don't see it if you are not interested in exploring another vantage point between war and peace or are not willing to listen carefully.

Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if We would not miss a play where Austin Pendleton is involved .Helen and Cassandra were well played. 13th St.Rep provides an intimate space.

Don't see it if One has to have a taste for War Stories. Sorry to say but the Trojan War has been "done" a bit better recently.

Dated, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy giving some of your time and thoughts to plays that explore universal ideas about the nature of war, exemplified by Trojan War.

Don't see it if you lose patience with talky, low budget plays that are mainly political treatises, where the acting and direction are uneven.

Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want to see Austin Pendleton. The lead female as the queen and Cassandra are also effective. You like history.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of history pieces. The set is also minimal.

Intense, Stiff, Disappointing, Resonant, Slow

See it if you want to support a young theater group working on interesting material. An attempt to present the daily life of women living under seige

Don't see it if Real housewives of the Trojan nobility is not your thing -- only its not funny. Cast of 12 all doing monologs.

Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy monologue heavy plays exploring characters and motivations and have a working knowledge of the Iliad

Don't see it if You don't enjoy monologue heavy plays, or prefer linear plot structures


See it if You're interested in Greek mythology

Don't see it if You want something fast paced for most of the show

Interesting, overly ambitious, disappointing

See it if you are interested in pseudo-greek theater about the lives of the characters in the seige of Troy and seeing young, inexperienced actors

Don't see it if You prefer authenticity and reality in theater as well as more professional level performances

Also Most of the actors seemed extremely inexperienced and the wonderful Au... Read more Read less

Political, Ambitious, Scattered, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in contemporary takes on the Trojan War, that source for so many surviving classic Greek plays.

Don't see it if you are looking for either a classic Greek drama or a conventional modern play.

Also A student of classic Greek drama, I welcome playwright Nina Kethevan’s... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Weak script, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are an Austin Pendleton fan; you will enjoy a new play based on Greek mythology

Don't see it if you're a purist about Greek mythology--among other things,this play has Alexander kidnapping/seducing Helen of Troy

Slow, Resonant, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy classical drama mixed with modern political message featuring some powerful soliloquys.

Don't see it if You want a more coherent political allegory that doesn't take liberties with Trojan War story.

Read homer's "iliad" instead, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, The real housewives of trojan aristocracy

See it if you enjoy Austin Pendleton's last sweet days onstage or you like plays set in ancient times. If you feel the women of Troy deserve to speak

Don't see it if you hate anti-war plays; if you dislike monologues. If you loved "The Iliad," then don't see this talky drama with no poetic quotable lines

Also Austin Pendleton fans -- beware. He is not at his best. ... Read more Read less

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if The bright spot was getting to see Austin Pendleton. The actors did a wonderful job with a very boring and difficult script.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained

Slow, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Like a 80 minute show, where there is no singing, play on words.

Don't see it if Don't like actors stumbling over their parts,not being prepared.

Intense, Indulgent, Slow, Cliched

See it if You enjoy shows that are basically monologues rather than interactive conversation. You are a fan of Austin Pendleton.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast moving show with lots of interaction. You are a fan of Greek mythology and expect material to be familiar.

One or two unusual insights, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if The narrator was excellent , framing the otherwise fulsome staging with a light touch. You like reimagining classic tales.

Don't see it if Hmm. You prefer plays with multiple notes, non stagy direction and few monologues.

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy Greek tragedy from a modern perspective

Don't see it if You dislike plays where mythic times can only be suggested through the use of stilted language..

Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you like Austin Pendleton and want to support new theater.

Don't see it if ancient Greek monologues bore you.. I don't think this show was successful in portraying the female side of war.

Cast & Creatives (14)