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The Arsonists

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Tuesday April 16, 2013 / 7:00pm
The Arsonists
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office
2081 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

How was your experience?

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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 and participate in. I can't say "watch," because this production is more engaging than mere "watching" would suggest. The audience is talked to directly, asked questions, and in that way made to take part and become complicit in the action. The chorus alone is riveting (down to the change in costumes, perfectly timed), but so are all the actors, really; each is perfect for their role (hurray to the casting!). The action moves at a fast clip, there is not an unnecessary moment, making for a surprisingly fulfilling night at the theater.