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REVIEW: KIDS ON FIRE (A RESPONSE TO FIREFACE AT THE BRICK)

REVIEW: KIDS ON FIRE (A RESPONSE TO FIREFACE AT THE BRICK)

Fireface, a German play written by Marius von Mayenburg and first staged in 1998, is not science fiction – it’s a family drama that falls somewhere nearer to dark comedy bordering on horror.  As a play, it seems primarily interested in shocking you by showing you callous youth behaving recklessly, and it features a central character who seems plucked out of a Stephen King novel. Kurt (played convincingly by Tim Creavin), is a dead-eyed adolescent on the verge of puberty, who is more than a little bit into his older sister (Olga, rendered through a combination of teenage detachment and manic exuberance by Rachel Keller)...