"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
See it if I can’t think of a reason to see it unless maybe you have a friend or relative in the play
Don't see it if You want to see amazing acting, an interesting story, comfortable theatre. This was not at all my cup of tea. I was extremely disappointed
See it if you are a fan of Austin P. Good acting by great actors.
Don't see it if you were hoping for a good plot, direction, or some interesting gimmick making your time seeing this clunky play worth it.
See it if you might like a contemporary take on the Trojan War based on the classic Greek characters who move across a very small stage.
Don't see it if unless you are a fan of Austin Pendleton although he too seemed bored.
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.
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.
See it if You are interested in current sensibilities and mores grafted onto a classic story. Want an intimate theater experience. Like agendas.
Don't see it if Are a purist regarding classics. Don't like obvious reworking of characters that seem agenda driven and of the moment. Want subtlety
See it if You think Austin Pendleton is a gift to acting. You want to see a Helen of Troy beautiful enough to deserve a myth. You‘re anti-war.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy listening to stilted dialogue made more so by actors who are as uncomfortable with it as you are. You think anti-war plays
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