Closed 1h 30m
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
East Village
82

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(19 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

About the Show

Ricochet Collective's world-premiere work explores the true story of Terry Lynn Barton, a former US Forest Service employee who started the largest wildfire in Colorado’s history by burning a letter from her husband.

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Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Tragic, Argumentative

See it if Troubled relationships and lack of support in rural Colorado. Human breakdown leads to disaster.

Don't see it if You are looking to be uplifted. This is a cautionary tale based on real events. The menace of the fire is well done.

85
Absorbing, Layered, Fine acting/staging, Poignant, Semi-immersive

See it if Want to see a complex weaving of storylines inspired by a real event. This is haunting, lyrical, touching, intriguing. I loved this.

Don't see it if Want story 2 wrap up tidily. A few people were confused, due to some magical realism, but it gets you thinking, no answers at end. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

October 13th, 2017

"'Wildfires,' from its plot to its direction, is nothing short of brilliant...One of the best Off-Off Broadway shows I have seen to date, as there is so much that is just all too real happening that cannot make audiences simply sit passively...The actors are phenomenal...Everything from the music, to the changes in light makes you feel like you're interrupting this microcosm of existence, only to remind yourself that the show compels you to be as much a part of it as anyone on that stage."
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October 16th, 2017

"Rivers offers a dull marital drama that’s been realized by tremendous stagecraft to no great purpose...Rivers’ treatment is uninvolving but the technical aspects are arresting, though these do not salvage the material from tedium...Barber has creatively melded all of the superior technical features into a striking if at times a sensory overloaded production...'Only You Can Prevent Wildfires' could have used less flashiness and more straightforwardness."
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October 22nd, 2017

"The play contains a great deal of talk, but Sherri Eden Barber, who directs and is also credited with conceiving the story, never lets the pace slacken...The performances are excellent...Ultimately, Rivers’ play doesn’t solve the 'why' of what Terry Barton did, but that’s irrelevant. It is a compelling story; a fascinating showcase for several enormously talented actors; and a credit to the Ricochet Collective."
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