- 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.
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