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The Substance of Fire and Other Plays

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"Marked by the aching articulation, scathing wit and deep convictions of a mature artist with a complete vision."--Frank Rich, The New York Times

"If Arthur Miller had married Noel Coward, their son would have been Robbie Baitz." --André Bishop, from the Preface


Jon Robin Baitz startled the theatrical world with the 1985 debut of The Film Society. A frank examination of the
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Theatre Communications Group
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Michael Gardener
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it


The Film Society

a painful portrait of a "CIVILIZED SOCIETY" coming to terms albeit subconsciously that the gig is up and no matter how much they try to keep things going It ain't like it once was...
I have tremendous respect for the play write who knows his subject well enough to give us specific full human beings whose white privilege has begun to finally haunt them as they face the inevitable loneliness that is fully depicted through the "protagonist" "john balton" and his co-harts who for the
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Aaron
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This collection of play deserves a lengthy response, and so I wrote a blog about it that can be found here:

http://littlejohnnyjonesripoffblog.bl...

I rated the collection overall with 4 stars, but to break it down further by play:

The Film Society = 3 stars

The Substance of Fire = 4 stars

The End of the Day = 3.5 stars
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Man, this guy likes to hear himself talk...or write, as the case may be.
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Robbie Baitz was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Edward Baitz, an executive of the Carnation Company. Baitz was raised in Brazil and South Africa before the family returned to California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School.[1] After graduation, he worked as a bookstore clerk and assistant to two producers, and the experiences became the basis for his first play, a one-acter en ...more
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