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Heisenberg

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever

About the show

After a hit Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club last season, Simon Stephens' play transfers to Broadway with original stars Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt. More…

It's just another day on a crowded London train platform. A woman named Georgie approaches a much older man named Alex, whom she's never met before, and kisses him. This surprising moment sets in motion a series of events which will change both Georgie and Alex forever. Written by Tony-winning playwright Simon Stephens, best known for 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,'


Member Reviews (377)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Quirky, Intelligent, Clever
78
Avg Score

55
Disappointing, Unambitious, Quirky, Unrealistic, Insipid

See it if you are a MLP fan (I'm not). The play is flimsy, the premise unconvincing. Would a beautiful middle-aged woman pursue an older stranger?

Don't see it if you dislike seeing women as ditzy liars, which is supposed to be charming. Lonely people finding love is lovely, but this is unconvincing.

72
Overrated, Entertaining, Interesting character study

See it if Interesting but missable. The lead actor was very good. An interesting character study.

Don't see it if You want to take something away from the show. Not memorable.

80
Clever, Thought-provoking, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if You like surprises, being thrown off balance, and thinking twice about what is going on. MLP is lively and funny.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more emotional experience. This was mostly an intellectual challenge.

63
Good acting, Overrated, Indulgent, Trite

See it if you like ML Parker & you want to see a May-December "love story" about two people inexplicably linked by an accidental (or was it?) meeting.

Don't see it if you have to pay Broadway prices for a bare-bones, stripped-down, glorified one-act play with no heft & no real payoff.

80
Clever, Great acting, Romantic, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if Masterful performances by Parker (at her quirky best) & Arndt (heartbreaking) elevate clever but predictable May-December romantic tale

Don't see it if Off-beat, eccentric love stories leave you cold; author Stephens tries for profundity but rarely succeeds

86
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic

See it if you appreciate a solid two-hander featuring a couple of great actors at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you're looking for a flashy, effects-heavy production. This show is simple and stripped down.

72
Great acting, Extremely spare staging, Great writing, Short, Quirky

See it if You want to see these two fantastic actors in perfect form. More like acting exercises than a play but excellent performances nonetheless.

Don't see it if If you want to see a traditional Broadway show. This is very spare and could have been staged at any high school.

Also There were some laughs but it is basically a serious play. I wasn't bo... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you enjoy actors who have skillfully honed their craft; you like a mixed dose of comedy, whimsy, tenderness, loneliness and sadness.

Don't see it if your preference in theater leans toward large, elaborate productions. This is an intimate setting, with a two person cast.

12
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if If you have a foot fetish and want to see ML Parker's feet. This play goes no where and means nothing. Stop coming up with crappy plays

Don't see it if and promoting them with big name actors. Denis is a great actor but he can't save this mess.

75
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You like two handers with a lovely, beautifully acted male lead winning over an ethically compromised partner.

Don't see it if you like modulated performances. If you are averse to high strung, high pitched women characters.

Also I chose not to go to this while at MTC. I waited again but the premise... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Romantic, Slow

See it if you love Mary-Louise Parker or plays that are romantic or try to sound really smart. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the plot...

Don't see it if you like stories with substance and conflict.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are interested in a play about an average experience. Funny and fantastic acting

Don't see it if You want a complete and tidy story with a beginning, middle, and clear ending.

Also I went back a second time and it was better, both actors were much mor... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Romantic, Amusing dialogue

See it if you like good dialogue and acting. Denis Arndt's performance is nuanced and wonderful.

Don't see it if you dislike romantic plays and are bored by the problems of average, flawed people

79
Talky, Great acting, Intense, Sparse staging

See it if You don't mind just 2 actors, bare stage, 2 chairs, a table and... lots of talking. Very well acted, but too talky & monotonous for my taste

Don't see it if You want to sit back and be entertained; you have to work hard to figure this one out. It didn't resonate with me, I found it tedious.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You can enjoy an engrossing story with a minimalist set. If you enjoy complex interpersonal emotions and connections.

Don't see it if have trouble following a plot that is delivered only through conversation or it you don't like plays with only 2 actors.

71
Absorbing

See it if if you like great acting and the interplay between 2 wonderful actors.

Don't see it if if you want more of an absorbing story .

80
Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to sit on stage and see really good acting

Don't see it if you have something else to do for 90mins

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if You enjoy a thoughtful play about an unusual relationship. Both actors are masterful.

Don't see it if You enjoy bigger productions. This is production is small and simple but so heartfelt.

75
Absorbing, Clever, Dizzying, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want to see compelling acting in an off-beat but eminently watchable play.

Don't see it if You want spectacle or grand storylines; with this, you get slightly confusing and thin plot -- with superb performances as compensation.

80
Absorbing, Quirky, Romantic, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like witty dialogue and intriguing characters.

Don't see it if You are easily annoyed by quirky characters and have a low tolerance for cursing.

Also Arndt is simply terrific. Parker is a bit cloying vocally.

77
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if you enjoy good acting and short, funny shows

Don't see it if you require great scenery

70
Forgettable

See it if Had its moments.Wanted to root for the love story or the friendship but just couldn't support either.

Don't see it if U don't go to the theater often.This is unmemorable.Arndt seemed to not know where to go w/his character.Playwright didn't know either.

88
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like a dramatic play with good acting.

Don't see it if You like musicals, and lighter plays.

96
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You love Mary Louise Parker. You enjoy 2-character plays where relationships develop. You like to discuss the play after you've seen it.

Don't see it if You need to understand the characters. You don't enjoy wordy plays.

70
Quirky, Funny, Overrated

See it if you are a fan of Mary Louise Parker

Don't see it if you don't like minimalist sets or stories. I didn't really get anything from it, but it was fine.


October 13th, 2016
"The sexiest couple on a New York stage just now...I groaned when I heard 'Heisenberg' was traveling to Broadway. I would never have predicted that it would seem even more vibrant and emotionally charged...The production’s creative team thwarts expectations at every turn...Mr. Stephens is an unca...
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October 13th, 2016
"If I understand the oblique title correctly, 'Heisenberg' is about how being with another person—being observed, at close range—can affect your direction...Mark Brokaw’s spare production seems even less imposing in the company's Broadway house, but that works to its advantage. Stephens’s careful...
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October 13th, 2016
"One of last year’s best dramas has somehow become one of this year’s best comedies...The two-person cast is still terrific, with Parker doing her best stage work in years, and Arndt again a wonderful surprise to New York audiences. The script, too, is all but unaltered...Yet somehow the spin see...
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October 13th, 2016
"Despite moving to a larger venue, the play is nothing if not intimate...Brokaw’s production itself is wisely bare-bones...The emphasis should be on these two opposites finding something intangible that they’re each missing, and any further frills might distract from that. Stephens’ script is jam...
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