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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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.


See it if You're interested in Greek mythology

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

Ambitious, Confusing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, 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.

Indulgent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy monologue heavy plays exploring characters and motivations and have a working knowledge of the Iliad

Don't see it if You don't enjoy monologue heavy plays, or prefer linear plot structures

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Exquisite

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.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Ambitious and meaningful

Don't see it if Like slick superficial work

During previews
Slow, Confusing, Relevant

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

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

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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