Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ready... aim... Fire!

Three stars from me for Fire in today's Globe and Mail: "It is generally not advisable to shout "Fire!" in a crowded theatre, but we'll make an exception in this case. It's worth standing up and screaming for Ted Dykstra and Rick Roberts's extraordinary performances in this so-so musical about two sons of a preacher who grow up to be a rock 'n' roll star and televangelist."

On the other hand: While my favourite performance was Rick Roberts as the Jimmy Swaggart-inspired Hershel Blackwell, The Sun's John Coulbourn feels he's what scuttles the play (3.5/5 stars). Meanwhile, another of the rotating Ouzounianots gives Fire 3.5/4 stars in the Star and Christopher Hoile gives 3/5 in Eye. In the blogosphere, Torontoist isn't impressed, but this blogger is.

UPDATE: Blogger Alan Adamson's thoughts on Fire - and CanStage in general - are here.


Anonymous said...

It's Coulbourn. No "e"

J. Kelly said...

Thanks... I was thinking it was like "Sherbourne".

Philip Akin said...

I followed the link to Adamson's blog. I like his theatre writing but I have to say his links and thoughts on how it works in the black community in the States are pretty laughable.