A Small Fire OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • NY 1

  • NY DAILY NEWS

  • VARIETY

  • NJ NEWSROOM

Opening Night:
January 6, 2011
Closing:
January 23, 2011

Theater: Playwrights Horizons / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

When a tough-as-nails contractor finds her senses slipping on the brink of her daughter's wedding, the impact on her family is nothing less than seismic. A Small Fire is a human parable in which unexpected loss leads to an unlikely love story.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Small Fire

    A Sense of Touch, a Sense of Life

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    January 7, 2011: Life’s darkest terrors and most visceral delights both play a role in “A Small Fire,” a new drama by Adam Bock that opened Thursday night at Playwrights Horizons. This low-key, quietly moving play features a protagonist who falls victim to a mysterious, debilitating disease — cue the violins — but also features a frank, strenuous sex scene of daring honesty, making for a theatrical combo plate that proves unusually satisfying.

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  • NY1 REVIEW OF A Small Fire

    NY1 Theater Review: "A Small Fire"

    Roma Torre

    January 11, 2011: Adam Bock's "A Small Fire" is a small play about some very lofty matters - love (both parental and marital), health and friendship. It's a perplexing work that partially succeeds, though, thanks to a beautifully conceived production, it's never less than compelling.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF A Small Fire

    'A Small Fire' review: Star Michele Pawk loses her senses while playwright Adam Bock loses his way

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    January 7, 2011: Adam Bock is a playwright with an ear for true-to-life dialogue, an eye for deftly developed characters and a nose for narratives that never lead where you expect.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF A Small Fire

    A Small Fire

    Marilyn Stasio

    January 12, 2011: When stage characters lose their faculties, we expect them to find their lyric voices. That expectation holds even when, as is the case with the stricken heroine of Adam Bock's new play, "A Small Fire," that voice wasn't very pretty to begin with. But this foul-mouthed woman, the owner of a construction company, suffers more than the loss of speech -- along with her sight, smell and hearing -- at the scribe's hands. The poor thing is also robbed of the kind of interior character life that might make her plight dramatically moving, instead of merely pathetically sad.

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  • NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM REVIEW OF A Small Fire

    REVIEW: ‘A Small Fire’ burns briefly

    Michael Sommers

    January 6, 2011: Adam Bock is the talented author of recent plays like "The Drunken City," a comedy about the romantic aftermath of a bachelorette party and "The Receptionist," an unsettling look at a nice woman's clueless complicity with evil.

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