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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

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

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.

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

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..

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

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.

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

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant, Slow

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.

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.

Terribly mixed acting. the women were a great deal better than the men - uniformly

See it if Because actors need an audience

Don't see it if If you have expectations better than mediocre

During previews
Indulgent, Ambitious, Intelligent

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.

During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Indulgent, 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

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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