Arsonists 030713

The Arsonists Reviews

Aurora Theatre Company (Berkeley, CA)

Reviews & Ratings

20 ratings
4.2 average rating
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181 reviews
86 stars
attended Apr 09 2013

Great performance by talented actors, clever set, good costumes, and an amazing storyline of how complacency leads to complicity in an absurd but fascinating way. We loved it and highly recommend attending.

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89 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 14 2013

This group of actors is having a great time with this absurd foreboding play. The arsonists themselves are charming and menacing in the most perfect way. The only missteps are the cartoonish maid and the reference to Cal Shakes which breaks...continued

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7 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 12 2013

This is a very snappy production of a play that is both engaging and disturbing. The prototype situation may be the Communist takeover of Czechloslovakia, but it is really applicable to all authoritarian regimes as well as to the psychology of...continued

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126 reviews
29 stars
attended Apr 10 2013

On the plus side, the actors were all quite engaging and the scenery/lighting/costuming were top-notch. Unfortunately, the script itself hasn't aged terribly well, and the director did not help it any by shifting tones constantly. It's as if he...continued

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52 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 28 2013

This is kind of a weird show, but I found it highly entertaining and thought-provoking, even if I don't quite know What It All Means. The performances are uniformly excellent. Recommended for adventurous theatergoers who want something a little...continued

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48 reviews
89 stars
attended May 01 2013

Absolutely fabulous. The set was beyond imaginitive. Acting superb and the story line, I dont know - funny - thought provoking - somewhat frightening in terms of American today.
Bottom line I'd see it again.

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21 reviews
9 stars
attended May 01 2013

I would not recommend this theatre or performance. The show was very disappointing.

First, I arrived 15-minutes late and advised I could not enter the theatre. But I could be sat in a viewing room. Since I was not a "member" I could not...continued

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21 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 24 2013

Very interesting play with a lot of fun characters.

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15 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 10 2013

Wonderful actors and an interesting one-act play complete with a Greek chorus. It took me about 10 minutes to understand what the author's message is, but once that was solved I began to enjoy the production. I was glad I saw the show, but it is a...continued

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9 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 12 2013

Very funny, but thought provoking play. Well acted and well paced.

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6 reviews
4 stars
attended Apr 25 2013

The Arsonists was the best play we have seen at Aurora in a long time. Everything from a great play to the ensemble acting and directing was perfect. I wish there were more shows like this to be found. Both me and my partner highly recommend the...continued

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eb
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6 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 25 2013

This production is well produced and acted but the play itself felt incomplete.

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5 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 25 2013

I enjoyed this play, mostly because I love good acting. I think the only
annoying thing was the use of the chorus, which the play could easily have done without.
Some very funny moments. And a good morality play.

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended May 10 2013

Well worth the viewing. Made me interested in reading the original play to see what might have been missing or improvised. Simple but relevant conflict that is well portrayed but also feeling a little on the light side with the story line of the...continued

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In
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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Apr 16 2013

I'd give this production the five starts it easily deserves, but I don't completely love this play. Still, I do LOVE this production. Inspired directing, acting, sound design, and set design (as Nina Ball's always are) make this a treat to witness...continued

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2 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 06 2013

Skillful direction; charming performances all around; creative staging.

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1 review
0 stars
attended May 10 2013

Excellent play and production embellished by a post-play discussion. Aurora consistently delivers intelligent, high quality theatre that is socially conscious, daring, and entertaining. The intimate space makes it even moreso.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Apr 28 2013

I saw this play last night. This is Pinter/Ionesco absurdist drama, but written by a German and with more political awareness of the crazy world we live in. The production is outstanding, with strong acting on everyone's part. And as always, the...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended May 10 2013

I thought the play was great -- great script, great acting, great all around.

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