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FIREMEN reviews

In Plays on February 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

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“A nuanced and penetrating portrait of the tragic dynamics of [an] illicit and illegal liaison. … Smith writes with an easy and natural touch, but seizes on the painful and dramatic truth of this dangerous affair.” – Huffington Post

“Masterful, mesmerizing … Smith has gift for exposing dark truths with seemingly superficial dialogue; his take on middle age as a developmental stage rivaling adolescence in its confusion seems right on the money.” – LA Times

“[A] bedeviling and stimulating play … Playwright Tommy Smith at no point tips his hand and even at the play’s finale offers no unequivocal resolution of his various contending tones of menace, unease, dependency and control, all of which remain disquietingly fluid within and among each of the characters.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“[A] darkly funny and disturbing new play … a disarmingly appealing ensemble strike just the right balance between uneasy laughter and unpalatable titillation to drive home Smith’s unsettling portrait of society.” – LA Weekly

“This is no walk in the park, this is a disturbing and morally complex story and playwright Tommy Smith has achieved the most important objective in writing something of this nature, he has almost completely removed his own opinion on the matter, leaving the work up to us, the audience. And it demands some work. But more importantly, because this show makes us care, we also care about doing that work and that, again, is an extraordinary achievement.” - Bitter Lemons, 92% Sweet

“Playwright Tommy Smith has a way with words … the incendiary yarn tells the tale of forbidden love and the flames that fan it, leaving everything in its fiery wake torched and in ashes.” - Stage & Cinema

“Smith really shines at creating characters whose appalling behavior can absolutely unnerve an audience of morally responsible adults.” - LA Post

“‘Firemen’ by Tommy Smith is a show I’d like to drag anyone to who’s never attended a live theatre production … It is a sharp, smartly written play that frames a precise selection of human foibles in a fashion neither formulaic nor fawning.” – Working Author

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Photo: Iam Bamberg & Zach Callison (by Jeff Galfer)

AIR CONDITIONING reading at Labyrinth Barn Series, February 25 @ 8pm

In Plays on January 30, 2014 at 2:38 AM

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Tues, Feb 25 at 8pm

AIR CONDITIONING

by Tommy Smith

directed by Davis McCallum

A poor couple is invited over to a rich couple’s house for dinner. Through the course of the evening, the poor couple experiences a series of humiliations at the hands of the rich couple. The poor couple enacts revenge.

@ Labyrinth Theater Company, 155 Bank Street (NYC)

click here for more info

FIREMEN plays Echo Theater Company, February 8-March 16

In News, Plays on January 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM

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Feb 8 – March 16

FIREMEN

by Tommy Smith

directed by Chris Fields

It’s winter and it’s raining. Gary cooks spaghetti. Annie volunteers against the war. Ben goes to wrestling practice while Kyle studies his math. Susan is at her desk, working. And they’re all lonely and they don’t know what they want but they want it bad. The story of what happens when they get it is the haunting, funny, heartbreaking subject of Tommy Smith’s luminous new play, Firemen.

 Featuring Ian Bamberg, Zach Callison, Rebecca Gray, Michael McColl & Amanda Saunders.

@ Echo Theater Company, 3269 Casitas Ave (L.A.)

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(Pay-What-You-Can Preview is Friday, February 7 @ 8 PM)

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