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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

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.

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

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

Ambitious, Slow, Cliched, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You enjoy monologues and modern touches in period pieces.

Don't see it if You're easily bored or suffer second-hand embarrassment from extreme earnestness.

During previews
Stylized, Slow

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

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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