The Visit



  • (Der Besuch der alten Dame) A black comedy by FriedrichDürrenmatt, first performed in 1956. It was immediatelyhailed as one of the most accomplished works by a German-languageplaywright since World War II. The plot revolves around the figureof Claire Zachanassian, a rich old woman, who returns to her hometown to seek revenge on those who wronged her many years before. Ascathing satire on the corrupting influence of wealth, the play endswith the death of her oldest enemy at the hands of the townspeople,who will do anything for a share in her fortune.