In Grave Times, Exemplary Courage
When Irena becomes the housekeeper for Major Rugemer (Thomas Ryan), the factory boss, she sees a chance to save the workers who have now become her friends. She sequesters them in the cellar one night after putting a sleeping pill in the major’s bedtime ...
‘Irena’s Vow’ celebrates one woman’s bravery
It’s Irena’s witnessing a mass slaughter of Jews that prompts her to try and save the dozen who are put to work for her German employer, Major Rugemer, portrayed with believable Teutonic stiffness by Thomas Ryan. Feldshuh excels in juggling the woman ...
Broadway melodramatics break 'Irena's Vow'
The bad guys, too, are cringe-inducing, and often not for the right reasons. Thomas Ryan basically plays Irena's employer, Major Rugemer, as a pathetic old man, but John Stanisci emotes furiously as his fellow SS officer, Sturmbannfuhrer Rokita ...
Hiding Innocents and Keeping Evil at Bay
Michael Parva’s brisk direction keeps the action moving, and the nine cast members deliver convincing supporting performances, especially Thomas Ryan as Major Rugemer. Performances of “Irena’s Vow” continue through Nov. 2 at the Baruch Performing ...
High drama from Sandy High School actors
The Sandy High School drama department has selected a story of wartime ... This is illustrated through a brief conversation with senior Peter Woodford, who plays the role of Major Rugemer, the German officer with whom Irena has her dealings.