This revival of Max Frisch's 1953 play The Fire Raisers( here re-titled The Arsonists ), a so-called moral play without a moral is a biting, enduring fable, that, on this occasion, has somehow mislaid its bite.
No, playwright Kwame Kwei- Armah isn't quite the second coming of August Wilson. But his Statement of Regret has some powerful things to say about the need for the (British) black community to get a grip on its past so as to better handle its future.
Michelangelo faces off against Leonardo da Vinci, for bragging rights in Florence: The prize: Sculpting the statue of David. Antony Sher's The Giant adroitly hammers out the tale of this epic competition. But, given the protagonists, he could have carved out a little bit more of the back story.
Philip Ridley's Vincent River tells a tale of a grieving mother forced to deal with revelations about the proclivities of her deceased gay son. Sound familiar: As with Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer, this is potent and heart rending theatre.