Incident At Vichy is playing at Signature Theatre located at 480 West 42nd Street. The play runs one hour thirty minutes with one intermission. It closes on December 20, 2015.
Arthur Miller is the playwright. The one act play was written in 1964. It premiered at the ANTA Washington Square on December 3, 1964. It closed on May 7, 1965, after 32 performances. Miller adapted the play in 1973 for television and was directed by Stacy Keach. Arthur Miller won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1949 for Death of a Salesman.
Richard Thomas is known for his role as John Boy in the CBS drama The Waltons. He won an Emmy for this role.
Derek Smith was nominated for a Tony Award in 2000 for The Green Bird.
The play takes place at the height of WW II, the place Vichy France.
Nine men are in a make shift jail, each has just been pick up by the police..
Lebeau, the painter (Jonny Orsini) questions the other men. He wants to know if the police measured their noises and if they have legitimate papers on them?
Each has come from other parts of France and beyond.
Bayard (Alex Morf) is an electrician. He tells him to lower his voice, not to attract attention. Baynard is a Communist.
Marchand (John Procaccino) is a well-dressed business man. He keeps telling the police he has to leave, that he has an appointment he has to keep. Marchard is the first to go into the office and get a pass to leave.
The waiter (David Abeles) tells the group that the Major (James Carpinello) a Nazi soldier is a nice man. But we find out later he is not.
Monceau (Derick Smith) is an actor. He tells the group to show the police confidence not fear.
Leduc (Darren Pettie) was a doctor. He wants to overpower the guard at the door so they can escape. No one wants to get involved.
Von Berg (Richard Thomas) is a Prince from Austria. He is the only other person in the group not Jewish.
There is also a boy (Johnathan Gordon), Old Jew (Jonathan Hadary) and a Gypsy (Evan Zes).
Ferrand (Demosthenes Chrysan) the cafe proprietor brings food for the interrogators. As he leaves he whispers to the waiter. The waiter tells them as the men go into the room they have to unzip their pants.
Each man questions what is going on. They have heard rumors on what has happen to the Jews under Nazi rule.
This is a heart wrenching story. It starts off show but builds up impact. At the end it feels like you have been punched in the stomach.
Who gets to leave and what happens, you will have to see the show. It is a reminder as to the atrocities the Nazis did.
The cast does an outstanding job. Richard Thomas, Darren Petite and Derek Smith shine in their roles.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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