Review by ALEX SCOTTJune 10, 2013
My overall impression
The minute you walk into the “Other Space” at The Actor’s Company you are transported into The Fire Room, a poetic and beautifully crafted (sorta fucked up) love story from the brilliant minds of playwright Meghan Brown and director Amanda McRaven. The cast almost effortlessly delivers page after page after page of Browns delicious text and we as an audience slowly begin to realize what were in for. And it’s AWESOME.
Sure, there are a few gripes I had about the show. At times the live accompaniment and sound design seems a bit over bearing and the actor’s voices occasionally get lost in an echo created by the concrete floors of this makeshift blackbox. Also, Fugitive Kind, or any Theatre Company in SoCal for that matter – IT’S JUNE. TURN ON YOUR AIR CONDITIONING. PLEASE. IT’S HOT. DON’T MAKE US SUFFER.
All of that said, the occasional loud sound, and the echo, and the heat are small prices to pay for an otherwise beautifully crafted, amazingly executed live performance. Props and shout outs to all of the actors, but in particularly Jim Senti and Mercedes Manning. You were captivating!
The Fire Room by Meghan Brown is an hour long drama and a fully realized production. It’d be almost criminal not to go and support their amazing piece of work.