''The Visit'' (original title: ''Der Besuch der alten Dame'', "The Visit Of The Old Lady") is a tragicomedy play by the Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Even though it has a simple (minimalist) structure, it's a complex psychological work with several twists, encompassing 3 acts.

The play takes place in the 1950's. The extremely impoverished town of Guellen prepares to welcome home Claire Zachanassian, quite possibly the richest woman in the world, who was born in the sleepy Guellen but moved abroad years before. They intend to woo her with fond memories (since the place wasn't such a sty back then) and have her ex-boyfriend, Alfred Ill, try to woo her into giving them $100,000. She offers '''one billion''', half to the town itself and half to be given out between the people... [[DealWithTheDevil if the villagers can set aside their morals for her.]]

Due to the many twists in this play, '''some spoilers may end up unmarked.''' As many relating to the ''major'' twists (from the end of act 1 and the start of act 3) will be hidden as possible.

There's also TheMusical version, which was first performed in Vienna in 2014.

The play, together with ''The Music/PirateJenny'', additionally inspired ''Film/{{Dogville}}''. It has nothing to do with the Creator/MNightShyamalan film [[Film/TheVisit of the same name.]] Nor to the [[VideoGame/TheVisit video game]].

!! This play provides examples of:

* AssholeVictim: Koby and Loby. They were not only [[spoiler: blinded and castrated, but had their very identities removed.]] The reason for this? They [[spoiler: agreed to lie to the judge about sleeping with Claire so that Ill could avoid taking responsibility for impregnating her. This caused her to become an outcast, lose her child and resort to prostitution to survive.]] And they did this for a bottle of liquor.
* TheBadGuyWins. It was inevitable by the end.
* BatmanGambit: Claire knew the town needed her money [[spoiler: because she set it up that way herself.]]
* TheChessmaster: Claire. When asked to invest in the town's mill and mine, both of which could be extremely profitable if someone just used a little cash to open then [[spoiler: she reveals she bought them already. She's the one who closed them in the first place.]]
* CloudCuckoolander: The eunuchs Koby and Loby. A tragic variant, because [[spoiler: it is implied they were made that way by torture. We know Claire had them blinded and castrated, at the very least...]]
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: But they say some disturbing things in the play that make perfect sense once you know everything...
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The press thought Ill was screaming "Oh ''God''!" in ''joy.'' Then again, Claire pointed out before that she can make the press do what she wants.
* DealWithTheDevil: Claire's deal is close enough. Sure, you can have your money...[[spoiler: if someone kills Ill.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Most of the townsfolk go unnamed and are only known by their professions. Matilda, even though she is named, is called Mrs. Ill by the script.
* FieryRedhead: Claire in her youth.
* HumansAreBastards: Every plot point relies on it.
* LivingProp: Literally, the trees in the forest are actually actors with their arms held out (going by the stage directions).
* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]] Another major plot point. Guellen ''needs'' money...but what are they willing to do for it?
** It's also implied Ill married Matilda because her family owned the general store. They don't seem to care too much for each other, outside of the portrait plot point.
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: Used as justification later about taking Claire's deal. [[spoiler: to the point where the Mayor tells Ill to just kill himself so no citizen has to murder him.]]
* OnlySaneMan: It dwindles down to the Doctor and the Schoolmaster, and then just the Schoolmaster, and then it's Ill.
* PragmaticAdaptation: One Dutch production team realized that the Netherlands doesn't have any mountain towns (due to there being no mountains in the whole country). The location was changed to a northern fishermen's island, with the train replaced by a boat and everyone doing northern accents. It worked beautifully.
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:Claire has a prosthetic hand and foot to represent her inhumanity]]
* {{Revenge}}: One of the major themes of the play. Claire wants revenge on [[spoiler: Ill because he refused to acknowledge that he impregnated her, which led to Claire being unable to keep her child and having to resort to prostitution to survive.]]
* RhymesOnADime: All the names of the people who work for Claire. The butler is Boby, her bodyguards are former Manhattan gangsters Roby and Toby, and her eunuchs are Koby and Loby. Likewise, her three husbands she goes through in the play are named Moby, Hoby, and Zoby.
** This is all on purpose. Claire admits she renames her husbands to match the butler, since the butler will outlast them. It's implied she did the same with the others, since we also get Koby and Loby's real names in the story.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Claire's pet panther, the yellow shoes, Claire's prosthetic parts, the hotel's name, the teacher being the last sane man...
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: The towns people's stance, which starts to break down [[spoiler: and eventually stops.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Claire insists she can buy justice.
* SerialSpouse: Claire. She arrives to Geullen with her seventh husband, divorces him and marries a film star, then divorces him too, and prepares to marry a Nobel Prize-winner.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Far on the cynical end.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The eunuchs. In German they are even called ''Die Beiden'', which means ''those two guys''.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Played with. Ill hasn't ''actually'' changed since the start of the play, but [[spoiler: people start vilifying him more and more so they can eventually justify his death for their money.]]
** To be fair, he did a very {{Jerkass}} thing in the past.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Everyone sees Ill as this to the fabulously rich Claire, though they point out that if she'd married him she'd be as poor as the rest. [[spoiler: Except she wouldn't, since it was Ill refusing to take responsibility for impregnating her that set her on the road to her vast wealth...which ''she'' used to ruin Guellen.]]
* WomanScorned: Dürrenmatt took cues from Theatre/{{Medea}} for Claire.