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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Stage Review

Sluggish ‘Arms on Fire’ fails to light a spark

CHESTER – At bottom, “Arms on Fire’’ is about saving and being saved. But Steven Sater’s sluggish and underdeveloped drama stands in need of salvation itself, from the playwright’s self-indulgence.

Time and again, Sater allows his slender story of the friendship between a floundering singer and a big-hearted factory worker — plus the ghostly nightclub performer who haunts the worker’s memory — to drift into abstract metaphysical maundering. From there, it’s a short trip to tedium.

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