Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
Closed 1h 30m
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires
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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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Member Reviews (19)

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706 Reviews | 214 Followers
80
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.

431 Reviews | 131 Followers
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

387 Reviews | 132 Followers
69
Great acting but thin characters, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if you like plays on the inertia of unsatisfying relationships; you’d see an immersive set that creates holodeck-like environs from a black box

Don't see it if you're looking forward to a tightly woven mystery, new psychological insights, or a polished script Read more

297 Reviews | 78 Followers
75
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if it comes back! All 5 actors were ON & committed: No BS. Very intense at times, but real. Unconventional theater & staging worked perfectly.

Don't see it if "theater-in-the-round" bugs you. You're facing others, one-level/one-row seating, w/actors at your same level, like "Untold Yippie Project". Read more

235 Reviews | 229 Followers
88
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Fantastic acting, great staging, wonderfully mysterious script of compelling characters affected by a huge wildfire in Colorado. A gem!

Don't see it if You prefer traditional theaters or might be uncomfortable sitting on a bench for 80 minutes. Even so, maybe bring a pillow - worth seeing!

214 Reviews | 57 Followers
78
Great staging, Intense, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you like to see plays based on true stories (although the script is ambiguous); the staging is clever and the acting is good.

Don't see it if you are looking for something light and uplifting; or if you can't sit on a hard bench with no back support for 80 minutes. Read more

181 Reviews | 37 Followers
84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like shows about interesting, complex female characters. Good acting.

Don't see it if You don't like small theaters. There are only 2 bathrooms and they are down a set of stairs to get to.

43 Reviews | 14 Followers
93
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You have an interest in this historic fire, want a different semi-immersive evening at the theater with good acting and a great setting.

Don't see it if If you don't lile being close to actors. No interations but you are right there inside the play.

Critic Reviews (3)

BroadwayWorld
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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TheaterScene.net
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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Off Off Online
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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