The Arsonists

An eight actor absurdist German play from the fifties is how Morris Panych described it. He added music, I assume just to up the absurdist nature. Unfortunately, where we were sitting, at the side in row E, the music did not work. Somehow it was out of balance and never seemed to have any impact. It was just annoying.
The cast was very good, and reading the description of the play, I understood what the author was trying to do. But I am not sure I would have got the message from the play itself, or at least from this production. However, one can always enjoy Fiona Reid, Sheila McCarthy, Michael Ball and Dan Chameroy!

The critics loved this production, I remain unconvinced.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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2 Responses to The Arsonists

  1. keithhpotter says:

    The play seemed weak to me – simplistic and repetitive.

    The production seemed to be trying to overcome this. Trying too hard.

    The set was very pretty, but seemed to more get in the way of the action than support it.

    The musical addition could have been the element that rounded out the original play, but it didn’t. We were on stage right, where the musicians were and for the first 15 – 20 minutes the music overwhelmed anything that was being spoke or sung, at least for where we were sitting. The balance improved later and strong lyrics and music could have brought the play on a par with “Threepenny Opera” or “Cabaret” for social commentary. But they didn’t.

  2. Liz says:

    I am a big fan of Morris Panych, and would like to see this, but that’s the trouble with music – if it gets in the way it ruins everything.

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