Incident at Vichy
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Incident at Vichy

Incident at Vichy NYC Reviews and Tickets

(50 Ratings)
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Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

About the Show

In celebration of the centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth, Signature revives Miller's 1964 play 'Incident at Vichy,' about a group of men detained in France during World War II.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (50)

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536 Reviews | 279 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you enjoy serious drama from one of our country's master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Also, if you enjoy great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you cannot understand intelligent theatre that resonates into our world today.

407 Reviews | 66 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Enjoy great dramatic writing and performances

Don't see it if don't enjoy great drama

156 Reviews | 62 Followers
Historically significant, timely, great ensemble acting

See it if You want to see a very timlely and relevant topic for today's headlines, a masterful performance by Richard Thomas and great ensemble acting

Don't see it if You don't like Arthur Miller.

162 Reviews | 72 Followers
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant, Sad

See it if You love Arthur Miller or WW2-related drama.

Don't see it if You are not interested in dark, difficult subject matter.

563 Reviews | 193 Followers
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to see a great drama by 1 of the great playwrights. You want to see history mixed w/philosophy. You want an intense drama

Don't see it if You don't like intense dramas. You prefer more contemporary plays. You don't like Arthur Miller. You prefer comedies.

338 Reviews | 69 Followers
Surprisingly timely, Thought-provoking, Well acted, Relevant

See it if You want to see a fine Arthur Miller play fluidly directed, well acted and made timely and relevant to current day events.

Don't see it if You don't like a play that openly explore philosophical ideas.

273 Reviews | 200 Followers
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Chilling

See it if A riveting story set during WWII aoubt captives, captors, choices made. The array of characters opened so many questions about life & death

Don't see it if You cannot bear stories about the Nazis, do not want to hang on the dialogue, do not find Fascism past and present a serious threat.

197 Reviews | 224 Followers
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you don't understand why Arthur Miller is still an important playwright today. This play resonates with the rise of Trumpism in America.

Don't see it if you don't like to think at the theatre.

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
November 15th, 2015

"As the respectable if sometimes stolid revival reveals, the passing of the decades has perhaps inevitably dimmed the play’s power...What’s appealing about this rare chance to see 'Incident at Vichy' is the opportunity that it affords to hear Miller’s ethical insights and piercing intelligence resounding with such unbridled forthright eloquence. What’s less appealing? Well, all that resounding eloquence."
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Time Out New York
November 16th, 2015

"Directed somberly by Michael Wilson, 'Incident at Vichy' depicts 10 men who have been rounded up by the police on suspicion of being Jewish; their papers and their anatomy are to be checked...Earnest urgency often sounds like an essay or a lecture...The paradox of this highly discursive work is that the characters who say the least are in some ways the most effective...Dramaturgically stuffy though it may be, 'Incident at Vichy' gives an airing to still-timely concerns."
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New York Theatre Guide
November 17th, 2015

"This cast shows no real sign of fear...So the cast has two jobs: to touch our hearts and feed our intellects. Because, however, they seem to have been guided into a no man’s land between these two fronts and told to stay put, they are hobbled. They succeed as neither endeavor. They end up stranded...As do we. A disappointment indeed."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 15th, 2015

"'Incident at Vichy' has too little characterization to support its encyclopedic philosophizing…It is even possible to imagine its being gripping, under the right circumstances. Unfortunately, the current production, directed by Michael Wilson, only reaches that level a few times...The performances are not what they need to be, either. What’s needed are actors who know how to suggest complete histories, even where Miller doesn’t provide much opportunity."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 19th, 2015

"A creakily earnest one-act play...While waiting to learn their unsurprising fate, they make speeches, some of them craven, others noble, and all written in the well-known Miller manner….Miller undercuts their effect, such as it is, with a speciously uplifting denouement that fails to convince. Michael Wilson ratchets up the dramatic tension much higher than you’d think it could possibly go, and his ensemble cast is superior, especially Richard Thomas."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 15th, 2015

"It deals with powerful themes of guilt and responsibility, tautly dramatized and well-defined. But the play is also talky and didactic, its themes expressed too baldly…Still, the brief work has a gripping cumulative power that builds to a surprising conclusion, which is at once uplifting and tragic. Director Michael Wilson's staging is highly effective, with sound and projection effects heightening the tension at key moments. The large ensemble is mostly excellent."
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AM New York
November 15th, 2015

"A superb, highly compelling revival…A great chunk of the dialogue resembles a long-winded treatise on psychology and ethics. Nevertheless, the play is suspenseful throughout…The excellent ensemble cast includes Richard Thomas as a genteel Viennese prince, Darren Pettie as an assertive psychiatrist and James Carpinello as a stressed-out, increasingly unstable army officer."
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November 15th, 2015

"While it occasionally feels like an essay repurposed as a drama this excellent cast breathes life into the author's extended musings…Unfortunately, there is precious little sense of impending doom in this play about men waiting to be taken to their deaths...Wilson's faithful, by-the-book staging, however impressive, does little to offset the feeling that we're watching an elaborately decorated college seminar."
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