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Pick of the Day: The Firebugs


Penned by Swiss playwright Max Frisch in 1953, the radio play Biedermann und die Brandstifter evolved into the dark metaphorical comedy The Firebugs. In the play, Gottlieb Biedermann, a middle-class man of the house, is hoodwinked into allowing a smarmy duo turn his attic into a workshop stacked with barrels of gasoline and blasting caps. Knowing the truth but opting to avoid it, Gottlieb and his wife Babette accommodate the arsonists to the point of supplying them with matches. With a degree of subtlety The Stranger scored somewhere between “major dental surgery and a sledgehammer to the face,” The Firebugs goes to hell in a handbasket with a Greek chorus of firemen along for the ride. Diane Malone directs the Classic Theatre’s production at Jump-Start. $10-$25; 8pm Fri, Oct 12; The Sterling Houston Theater at Jump-Start, 108 Blue Star, (210) 227-JUMP, Check out our full online calendar of upcoming events here:

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