The Fire-Raisers

Definition

Theater

  • A black comedy by Max Frisch, considered one of themost significant works of the Theatre of the Absurd. Theplay, originally meant for the radio, was first performed in Zürichin 1958 and opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1961. Itwas produced two years later in New York as The Firebugs.

    The play attacks moral complacency through the figure of Biedermann,a typical good citizen who nevertheless allows arsonists to starta fire in his attic. It is often interpreted as an allegory of theway in which respectable society permitted, and even condoned, therise of the Nazis in prewar Germany.

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