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Dress of Fire

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

Member Reviews (38)


Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
Avg Score

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Scattered, Ambitious, Political

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, Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

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.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow, Entertaining

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.

Slow, Resonant, Disappointing, Stiff, Intense

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.

Cliched, Slow, Indulgent, Intense

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.

Slow, Indulgent, Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

Banal, Confusing, Slow, Insipid

See it if You have to see everything that Austin Pendleton does.

Don't see it if Looking for a coherent play about Greek mythology. This isn’t the one.

Disappointing, Slow, Weak script, Ambitious

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

Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

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.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

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..

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

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

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

Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense

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

Don't see it if You want a light show

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

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

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow

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.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if love historical dramas.

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Banal

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

Banal, Disappointing, Slow

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

Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting

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.

Also The women (Cassandra, Hecuba and Helen), the central characters, did t... Read more Read less

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

Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

Great staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Dress of fire was tastefully costumed, extremely talky, had a good, shavian-like central argument: that we as a people, like the trojans who kept helen despite cassandra's warnings, love war’s heroics. the 3 leading ladies are attractive, eloquent.

See it if You like well-informed, if diatribe-heavy, attempts to revitalize Trojan/Greek mythology

Don't see it if Simplistic, feminist-slanted revisionism of mythology (not up to Mists of Avalon rigor) tires you.

Also The three young-ish actresses are worth seeing if you’re looking to ca... Read more Read less


See it if You're interested in Greek mythology

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

April 23rd, 2018
"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 choreogra...
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April 26th, 2018
"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 rais...
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April 24th, 2018
"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...
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