I absolutely LOVED The Fire Room! From the moment I walked in, the action was already going on. The writing and directing is incredible, but the acting is some of the best I've seen, and that goes for New York theatre as well. The story and concept is unlike any I've seen before, yet it is something you could imagine being very real. I don't want to give anything else away, because you just have to see this amazing production yourself! Props to everyone at Fugitive Kind Theater! ...
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...
A gorgeous piece of theatre that is beautifully executed by engaged, emotionally invested actors with a script that is both lyric and lean, dark and funny, tight and just the right touch of esoteric. Amanda McRaven directs her company, Fugitive Kind, will full commitment to the truth. This is the first piece I have seen by this LA-based ensemble and I am a devotee now, for sure. GO....SEE....THIS.......PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!...
A star cluster in The Fire Room, no wonder it was so ... hot. Top-notch talent like, Rachel Grate, Sage Howard, Mercedes Manning, Jim Senti, Jason Vande Brake, Marissa Moses, Amanda McRaven and Meghan Brown should be placed on a throne. Fugitive Kind FK "Finest Kind", I am your FFL (Fan For Life)! Love and peace!...
The Fire Room is an inventive, highly modernized, cutting edge, in your face, sharp piece of artistry. It's such a great and fresh idea. The show itself reminded me of the story "Dante's Inferno" but more contemporary.
I applaud the actors, design team and director. MASTERFULLY DONE! Amazing and stupendous work done by all. It was a very selfless cast of actors whom constantly stayed in the moment, played actions, and tried to keep the momentum going.
One piece of criticism that I had was the use of the other three women, although effective and creepy, they didn't add too much to the play, nor did they take away. I think this goes into making a stronger bolder and cutting edge choice with them. They were interesting entities but also ...
certified reviewerJune 12, 2013
Loved the idea and structure of the story but the tech overwhelmed a fair amount of the dialogue. I liked all the actors, overall, but felt some emotional context and theatrics went overboard and took me out of the beautiful message. Bravo to everyone for real beauty on stage, though. ...
June 20, 2013
If there was a medal for theatrical bravado how I wish I could pin this medal on the cast and crew for giving so selflessly of their talent and love in bringing to the stage Meghan Brown's creation, The Fire Room. It is a beautifully composed hallmark of Brown's plays. Director Amanda McRaven, the cast, and design team skillfully preserves its linear construct with all it's prismed complexities, while surprising the audience with spontaneous humor and seductive choreography. It's magical. So it was on a lazy late June afternoon in a little theater up a little alley somewhere in the city of angels. My wife and I were party to something very special.
Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! To you fearless actors! One more encore!
The REVIEWS are in!
"In the space of an hour, the actors experience love, despair, anger, and loneliness. Like a good science fiction story, it seems so likely that, who knows, this just might be what is meant by getting a second chance at love." - James Scarborough
"The whole thing could have come across as kind of silly, but the actors do a good job psychologically grounding their portrayals of souls who are still striving and aspiring to love, even after death. This result is a production of great integrity and atmospheric strength." - Lyle Zimskind
Fringe is the time when I find new artists to follow the rest of the year. Otherwise I just stay in the same cycle of trusting who I know and rarely taking chances.
Right after I had the pleasure to interview this group group on Bitter Lemons*, I reserved my seat. They have a great energy, they know how to describe the work that interests them without bashing all others, and they're game to try anything.
That's the impression I got from The Fire Room as well. I don't think they intended for the weather to match their locale, but otherwise the space felt great for the piece (echo and all).
Here is why I will follow them (and it's a similar reason to Will Play For Food, Naomi Bennett and Four Clowns).
Fugitive Kind. Live. Theater. ...
June 23, 2013
I feel inadequate when attempting to describe the magic that is "The Fire Room". It is a roller coaster ride of sensuality, dialogue and humor that left me in tears....