Being Swiss and a writer, Max Frisch naturally took as his subject bourgeois complacency, hypocrisy, and self-delusion. Hence this 1953 satire about Gottlieb Biedermann, a successful businessman so complacent, hypocritical, and self-deluding even the Swiss might find him unsettling. The Firebugs is a sly, cool, relentlessly subversive thing, largely because it doesn’t stop at beating the burghers–it takes its critique all the way to hell. National Pastime Theater and Clock Productions fail the material. Director Laurence Bryan supplies rock music and video when what he needs is a decent Biedermann. Jack McCabe has nothing but the right look for the role. Arch Harmon and Mark Habert are often fun to watch as the title characters, but lacking a solid opposite, go nowhere. Through 8/13: Fri 8 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, National Pastime Theater, 4139 N. Broadway, 773-327-7077, $10-$20.