Miller’s moral enquiry into Nazi delusions
known for the well-made, multi-act drama, it would have been seen less as a sketch and more as the fully formed piece that Phil Willmott’s superbly acted production reveals it to be.
Designer Georgia de Grey sets it in a featureless white cube, giving Miller’s moral enquiry the quality of a laboratory experiment. In just one act it is not so much the barbarity of the Nazis that is revealed but the anti-logic of their intention. The resources sucked up by their genocidal plans are not a waste but, to them, evidence of the nobility and sacrifice of their cause.
Outstanding performances include Edward Killingback as the vulgarity-phobic Austrian aristo, PK Taylor as the incredulous thesp with misplaced faith in German culture and Lawrence Boothman as the artist Lebeau whose fear appears to have infected every molecule of his body. But they are all good.