While watching the not-particularly-enthralling New Group production of David Rabe's new play, An Early History of Fire, I had to wonder if we really need yet another coming-of-age story in which a son breaks away from his domineering dad and outgrows his childhood friends, with everyone drinking amounts of alcohol that would leave them unconscious in real life. Well, if we do need another one, this isn't it.
|Theo Stockman, Claire van der Boom|
Photo: Monique Carboni
The set, direction, acting, etc, are all good, but ultimately, An Early History of Fire fails to ignite.