TACT (The Actors Company Theatre) continues its 2004-2005 season and the mission of "presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit" with The Firebugs, by Max Frisch (translated from German by Michael Bullock). This comic masterpiece, the story of a pompous businessman who refuses to see the crimes taking place right under his nose, is ignited by dark humor and outrageous irony. Scott Alan Evans directs.
Written in 1958, The Firebugs is based on a radio drama that Max Frisch wrote in 1953 under the title Herr Biedermann und die Brandstifter (Conventional Man and the Fire Founders). It met with great success on the German-language stage and was also performed in the Netherlands, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Finland, Israel, Sweden, France and Spain. It was produced in London in 1961 as The Fire Raisers and Off-Broadway in America in 1963 as The Firebugs, under the direction of Gene Frankel.