The French master of time and its illusions presents us with a group of patricians gathered for a party in the vaulting room of an old chateau. We are quickly disabused of any notion that this is to be just another gay party a la dolce vita. For also invited is a literal, by the numbers, and intransigent prosecutor named Bitos whom they all detest. He is to them the reincarnation of Robespierre; and through a change of coats and the dramatic legerdermain of Anouilh the party recreates the time of Robespierre and the French Revolution before returning to the humiliating harshness of the present.
"Macabre fantasy [and] good theatre." - New York Daily News "Never has Anouilh exposed mankind with such caustic candor; and the device by which he accomplishes this is a bitter and brilliant tragicomedy." - New York World-Telegram & Sun