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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

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.

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.

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, 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.

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

Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Ambitious and meaningful

Don't see it if Like slick superficial work

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
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

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

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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