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Moth & Flame

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Seen 4/7

About the show

The great Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi confess their sins to a heavenly priest in purgatory. More…

Gentileschi recounts her notorious rape and torture in order to reclaim her legacy and fully illuminate her brilliant life and art. Caravaggio, confused after his own brutal and untimely death, is searching for forgiveness -- or possibly something deeper.

Member Reviews (7)


Confusing, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Seen 4/7
Avg Score

Educational, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing, Intimate

See it if you have a general interest in Italian Baroque painting, or in the artists Artemisia Gentileschi or Caravaggio in particular.

Don't see it if you're no fan of solo shows depicting historical figures: this is essentially 2 solo shows depicting historical figures, inter-cut & long.

Also I’ve had an interest in the Italian Renaissance since high school, lov... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Much too long, Confusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if you are interested in the two characters, art, the era, or two-person shows. To enjoy it more than I did, do some research on these people.

Don't see it if you need a straight-forward story line. I was so confused at times that I just gave up. My companion knew the back story and enjoyed it.

Seen 4/7, Excruciating, Slow, Confusing, Good acting

See it if You already know each character's story. Not a play. Two autobiographical monologs (each might be interesting) intercut to resemble dialog.

Don't see it if Program says sourced from two biographies. They don't talk to each other. Should have stayed apart. Poorly staged. Badly lit.

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant, Intense

See it if You enjoy watching great acting by actors who are passionate about their work in a intimate setting and learning about 2 renown painters.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy watching a play where there is no real beginning, middle and end or where the actor’s stories intertwine but not obviously.

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You love to listen to stories about Caravaggio and Artemisia. There is also a good movie called Artemisia for further background.

Don't see it if You want a play to be a play with relationships and conflict. This is more two characters reciting their own stories without really

Also Interacting. And while the stories are informative they are not involv... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you have any interest in the artists Caravaggio & Artemisia Gentelieschi (sp?). Perfect setting, an eerie choir loft in dilapidated church.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the artists, have an aversion to creepy spaces or sitting on a wooden bench for almost 2 hours.

Passionate, intensly provocative, riveting and compelling

See it if You lust for passionate theater performed in an intimate setting with grand arguments about art, gender and God, and willing to be consumed

Don't see it if You are impatient, don't like serious plays; serious questions about art,life, gender and God, want a formal theater setting & no challenges

Also This was a huge surprise, a passionate 2-person theater piece performe... Read more Read less

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