Playwright Timothy Mason’s The Fiery Furnace is a tense, yet oft-times funny drama set in the American Middle West. In 1950, Faith is about to depart for the University of Chicago, and her 56-year-old mother, Eunice, threatens to accompany her, dampening the thrill of escape. Meanwhile, Faith’s sister Charity is married to an unfaithful alcoholic, William. The narrative covers 13 years, culminating on New Year’s Eve 1963. Actors L. D. Barrett, Shannon Cochran, William Fichtner, Julie Harris, and Sally Murphey give electric performances in this live recording of a theater production.