Incident at Vichy OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE

  • Opening Night:
    November 15, 2015
    Closing:
    December 20, 2015

    Theater: Signature Theatre / 555 West 42nd. St., New York, NY,

    Synopsis: 

    Celebrating the Centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth, "Incident at Vichy" returns the work of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright to Signature for the first time since his 1997-98 Residency. In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.

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  • NEW YORK THEATRE WIRE REVIEW OF Incident at Vichy

    ‘Incident at Vichy,’ an Arthur Miller Tale Set in World War II

    Charles Isherwood

    November 15, 2015: “We don’t want to alarm people,” says a police captain to a colleague near the beginning of “Incident at Vichy,” Arthur Miller’s 1964 drama about the rounding up of Jews in France under German occupation. The remark resounds with irony, since most of the men surrounding them, who have been pulled off the streets, supposedly so their identity papers can be verified but in fact so they can be revealed as Jews and sent to concentration camps, are practically vibrating with anxiety and subterranean fear. By “people” the captain means the non-Jewish French populace, some of whom would surely be alarmed if they were aware of what was happening among them. The play takes place in 1942, before the full horror of the Holocaust was widely known.

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