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Incident at Vichy

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Members say: 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. More…

'Incident at Vichy' marks the return 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. Longtime Signature director Michael Wilson helms this haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil—and the shared humanity that might overcome it.


Member Reviews (50)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing
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Avg Score

70
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Solid

See it if you like intelligent theater. The talky, insightful play is ultimately moving. The ending, w/the train rumble cutting thru you, devastates.

Don't see it if you want an updated response to the material. This is a solid, old-fashioned production. Strong acting, well-staged, but a bit plodding.

80
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Profound

See it if intense discussions of several clashing world views. All relatable at the same time. Changing each other. Brilliantly written and acted.

Don't see it if you're looking for lighter fare.

78
Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like dramas with heavy subject matter and enjoy superb writing, strong performances & material that remains relevant in today's world.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light or comedic.

90
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.

68
Wooden production of talky dated play

See it if you enjoy robust dialogue delivered energetically by a large cast or enjoy Richard Thomas' subtle performance.

Don't see it if you expect from a play more than what could be expressed in an essay or think there is no need to revive dated play about the holocaust

85
Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you think you've seen every Holocaust story there is to be told (this one is different) and you like intense and thought-provoking stories.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy.

76
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You have heard of the play and want to see if staged and/or want to see the particular actors. It was interesting.

Don't see it if You want to see a fun cheerful play.

100
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.

93
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

87
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.

82
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if are looking for a great drama that takes place right in front of you on stage. Also if you like historical dramas, mainly WWII & holocaust.

Don't see it if you are not in to real life drama or are sensitive to that time frame in history.

88
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.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see great actors speaking great dialog in a surprisingly timely piece about the best and worst of humanity.

Don't see it if you can't handle a little unevenness in the acting. You don't want to be given food for thought at the theater.

85
Great acting, Makes you think, History-meets-today's-headlines, Worthwhile

See it if a well-acted "historical" play will provoke you to make important comparisons to fanaticism and maintaining one's humanity in today's world.

Don't see it if You dislike "historical" plays and can't tolerate some polemical speechifying among otherwise good dialogue and character relations.

86
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.

78
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see a lesser-known arthur miller, an examination of humans under pressure.

Don't see it if you want to see something light and frothy. This is a play about Nazism and people's' response to it.

76
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dated

See it if u want Miller's take on Nazi's in France 1942. First rate prod, tops acting, nice survey of types, good guys, bas guys. R Thomas is superb.

Don't see it if you don't want to see A. Miller falter. Play is skillful if a bit labored and a bit predictable. The drams happens in fits & starts.

70
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Intelligent play about human nature

Don't see it if Felt more like a debating society than a play

90
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.

92
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.

69
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Overrated, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to learn about an important time in history that is still relevant today. It's well acted but slow, and the cast was way too big.

Don't see it if you want to enjoy yourself- this was not a fun play to watch.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if If you enjoy Miller or history

Don't see it if If you don't like Miller, history and a bit of a downer.

77
Well written, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Well acted, Resonant

See it if like ethical, historical plays. Although a WWII setting the issues are easily recognizable in our current state of global fear and prejudice

Don't see it if you want to relax and not think about the issues. The play asks that you pay attention and hear the ever history repeating issues.

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Dated, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if want to see one of Miller's lesser performed plays; good direction and acting (considering we all know the outcome)

Don't see it if you find history plays about the Holocaust disturbing; you expect to see Miller's best writing

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you like to see a show that keeps you thinking about human nature

Don't see it if you get upset thinking about how bad mankind can be


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 re...
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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 ...
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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 performanc...
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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 tra...
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