|The Fabulously-Talented Karyn O'Bryant|
Last Friday night, I was privileged to attend "Incident at Vichy," currently running at our Sierra Madre Playhouse. The Playhouse's production of Arthur Miller's 1964 drama, about a group of detainees in 1942 Nazi-occupied Vichy, France, is a Los Angeles Times Critics Choice. The show was wonderfully acted and thoroughly thought-provoking.
In addition to this extraordinary play, my evening included a visit with Petrea Burchard, of Pasadena Daily Photo fame, who graciously invited me to see the play with her (Thank you, Petrea!!). Although I feel like we are old friends, this was our first get-together IRL (In Real Life), as they say in the blogging world, and it couldn't have been more enjoyable. She kindly answered all the blogging-related questions I could throw at her (and there were many), and we managed to talk about all sorts of non-blog topics, as well. Here's Petrea's post about our evening. She took a wonderful photo of The Buccanneer, across from the theater.
The play has a run-time of 90 minutes, with no intermission, and I have decided that the "intermission-less" performance is my favorite type to attend. Especially when the show maintains such a level of intensity as this one does. I always feel kind of disjointed when the spell is broken for intermission, and we all have to switch gears and stand around discussing unrelated trivialities until the play resumes. (You just have to plan your pre-show activities to be prepared for 90 minutes with no break!)
Following the show, Petrea introduced me to her friend Karyn O'Bryant, who was one of the main characters in the play. Karyn, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and an accomplished stage actress, played the part of "Professor" with chilling realism.
Incident at Vichy runs Friday and Saturday evenings, with matinees on Sunday afternoons, through September 8. For tickets or more info, call (626) 355-4318. If you are able to, please go and see it. You won't be sorry.