Arsonists 030713
4.1 / 5 Rated by 21 members
Review from Renee S.

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.

reviewed Apr 09 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from No name

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

reviewed Apr 14 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from TheatreAddict

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

reviewed Apr 10 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sue T.

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

reviewed Apr 28 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Dennis Roberts

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.

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Kenneth M. Lin

Very interesting play with a lot of fun characters.

reviewed Apr 24 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Mary M

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

reviewed May 01 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Janice P. Oeming

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

reviewed Apr 10 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Doug Cover

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

reviewed Apr 12 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Morton Paley

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

reviewed Apr 12 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from ada burko

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

reviewed Apr 25 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from eb

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

reviewed Apr 25 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jim

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

reviewed May 10 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

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.

reviewed Apr 25 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from In

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

reviewed Apr 16 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Joe

Skillful direction; charming performances all around; creative staging.

reviewed Apr 06 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Kristin C

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.

reviewed May 10 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

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

reviewed Apr 28 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Nancy

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

reviewed May 10 2013 report as inappropriate