“Tovarich” tells the tale of two White Russians impoverished in Paris. Prince Mikail and Grand Duchess Titana were formerly of the court of the late Czar. A gaily melancholy pair, they hate the Bolsheviks but refuse to surrender the money needed to aid an abortive counter revolution. They work as servants in the home of a wealthy French Banker and as is inevitable, their identity leaks out when Commissar Gorothenko comes to dinner. The banker and his wife are highly embarrassed, but the Prince and the Grand Duchess are able to cope with the situation. After dinner, Gorothenko comes to the kitchen where Mikail and Tatiana are working, proves himself a likeable and polished fellow interested in a happy future for Russia, and so Mikail and Tatiana turn over the money to him to use for the glory of their mutual fatherland. It is a touching moment when Tatiana extends her hand to Gorothenko and calls him Tovarich.
Author: Jaques Deval
Due to the late start of the season, the fourth play “Tovarich” was finally able to be cast and was performed on June 25th. This date required that the end of the year meeting be moved to July 20, 1943. This show closed out the twentieth season for Community Players.