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THE ARSONISTS THE ARSONISTS
by Max Frisch New translation by Alistair Beaton
Presented by Kitchen Dog Theater
Runs through 12/13/2014

Reviewed by Charlie Bowles,
Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN

Fire is a great equalizer and a metaphor for all that’s wrong in the world. It’s also the one form of disaster that terrifies all creatures great and small. Yet, for a portion of the human race, it’s both a form of artistic expression and obsessive compulsion. These people are The Arsonists.

Soon after WWII, the world was in upheaval as the atrocities of Nazism were becoming evident. A new world order rose, which put Western freedom squarely against Eastern despotism. Out of this upheaval, a young author and playwright named Max Frisch penned a play called Biedermann und die Brandstifter, or Biedermann and the Fire Starters, which questioned the people of Germany and possibly the people of Russia for embracing Nazis and Bolsheviks even as their countries burned from the worst ...

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