BWW Review: FIRE ON EARTH Scorches the Church
It is clear that Gabridge has a passion for history and he finds the theatricality in this true story and the humanity in the characters. There is nothing false about these men or the way they are portrayed. However, the play feels too long, especially in the first act when Tyndale and Tewkesbury repeatedly shift locations (by rolling his desk back and forth across the stage) and discuss how dangerous things are for theM. Robinson stands out, but his character is often overshadowed and it isn't until midway through the second act that it becomes clear that Fire On Earth is supposed to be about Tewkesbury's journey from merchant to martyr. He takes a lot of heat, but he could be given a stronger light.
Photo credit: Jeffrey Mosser (Omar Robinson, James Fay, Bob Mussett)