Before there was Brothers & Sisters or Other Desert Cities there was The Substance Of Fire, one of Jon Robin Baitz's first plays, which originally premiered in 1991.
The play, currently off-Broadway at 2econd Stage is everything we have come to love and expect from Baitz.
The Substance Of Fire is about a family patriarch and what happens when his publishing business is crumbling.
It's an exploration on family and the intricacies of those relationships. It's funny and sad and beautiful and doesn't always end like you wish it would.
We left the show a bit frustrated things didn't end nice and neatly, but we did leave very thankful we saw it - especially for the performance of John Noble, as the dad who makes your curmudgeon of a father seem like a cheery perma-smiling pop!
This character is very unlikely yet Noble makes him more than human. He makes him likeable! Not an easy feat!
He's truly superb and we were SHOCKED to read in his bio that he is Australian. His character is originally from Germany and his accent is so convincing that we thought he was from there!!!!
Daniel Eric Gold is another standout as the son with the heart of gold.
Fine fine acting all-around!
Fine fine production!