Members say: Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Banal

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. 

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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.


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90
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

67
TheaterScene.net

"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

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61
Ambitious, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

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

60
Intense, Indulgent, Cliched, Slow

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.

53
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..

53
Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing, 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.

71
Intense, Resonant, Disappointing, Slow, Stiff

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.

89
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

67
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Weak script

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

68
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Political, Scattered

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

77
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

Don't see it if You want a light show

57
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, One or two unusual insights

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.

49
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

47
Great acting, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

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.

70
Slow

See it if You're interested in Greek mythology

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

49
Disappointing

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

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

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.

73
Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Dated

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.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Ambitious and meaningful

Don't see it if Like slick superficial work

80
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if You want to see a good and timely show with young talent and Austin Pendleton

Don't see it if You like big prductions

52
During previews
Ambitious, Indulgent, Banal, Cliched, Slow

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

71
During previews
Relevant, Confusing, Slow

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

Also are just preaching to the choir. The action takes place in the palace ... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Ambitious, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if Austin Pendleton attracts talented cast in contemporary female take on Greek tragedy featuring Helen of Troy.

Don't see it if Angelica Page is no longer attached.

40
During previews
Slow, Stylized

See it if small, intimate theatre setting good for this highly stylized production

Don't see it if overflowing with long soliloquies that repeatedly hammer a simplistic theme


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