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)

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Nancy Grossman From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for and evolving as a freelance writer. Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University and a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.

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