The Brick and Third Space Theater present the New York premiere of a new German play that tells the story of two young siblings growing up in a world of cruelty, incest, and arson.
Pubescent siblings, Kurt and Olga, navigate the violence and betrayal of growing up — and find the cruelty, humiliation, exhilaration of destroying their claustrophobic childhood. Incest and arson binds Kurt and Olga and destruction results. Their withdrawn parents recognize the damage too late which leads to the ultimate and irreparable climax. "Fireface" is a frenetic portrayal of the most tempestuous time of a child’s development realized through 100 cinematic scenes.
"This is a difficult play, but the director, Benjamin Viertel, and his frequently nude cast seem more or less undaunted. Many of his choices are inventive and sophisticated; others are unnecessary, and he hasn’t yet managed the trick of getting all the actors to populate the same world. Still, his enthusiasm and ingenuity are very much in evidence, and it will be exciting to see what he and his designers accomplish next."