Review: Aristides – The Outcast Hero

By John Nathan, February 5, 2009

Greenwich Playhouse, London SE10

Alice de Sousa’s illuminating but rough play about Portugal’s Schindler-like hero tells a story worth telling — how, as a diplomat in Vichy Bordeaux, Aristides (Michael Hucks) defied his government’s orders by issuing 30,000 visas to refugees — many of them Jewish — fleeing the Nazis.

There are the bones of a fine play here. A producer should see it and offer development money. Recommended.

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Last updated: 1:10pm, February 5 2009