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Heisenberg NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(376 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
12%
Negative
4%
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.

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Member Reviews (376)

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.

Critic Reviews (79)

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 uncannily subtle dramatist who never wears his depths on the surface...He makes us see how conventional story lines fail to hold their shape when unspooled within the mess of human reality."
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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 carefully crafted 75-minute play has a sense of how little its characters matter to the universe. It makes that smallness feel liberating."
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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 seems to have reversed direction; it’s now less like a whirlpool pulling you under than a tornado flinging you up...But with the story’s increased size come the social pleasures of large-scale theater."
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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 jammed with insightful, unforgettable lines...The show has just enough comedy sprinkled throughout to keep the audience laughing and leave them with plenty to ponder."
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October 13th, 2016

"It is blush-makingly trite...The result is, not to put too fine a point on it, a blatant exercise in masculine wish fulfillment, and it doesn’t help that Ms. Parker seems to think that Georgie is an inexplicably youthful Manic Pixie Dream Girl..Mr. Stephens has aided and abetted Ms. Parker by putting eye-rollingly twee sentences in Georgie’s mouth that no actor, however talented, should be expected to utter with a straight face. He’s the culprit-in-chief—she’s merely a co-conspirator."
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October 16th, 2016

“Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt and this wonderful play have made the transition with deeper performances, even with the volume turned up a notch to accommodate the bigger space. It is, hands down, the most romantic, not to mention sexiest, show in town…The acting is stripped bare as, in the beautifully calibrated performances, Alex’s initial imperturbability yields to Georgie’s ever-more poignant persistence.”
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October 13th, 2016

"For Mary-Louise Parker die-hards, 'Heisenberg' won’t disappoint...There’s fertile material there, along with moments that are lovely and contrived in director Mark Brokaw’s spare staging. But the issue with the play remains unchanged from last year’s Off-Broadway run. Arndt lives his role. Parker plays hers. There’s a nagging difference, that’s for certain."
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October 13th, 2016

"In all its nakedness, Brokaw’s production resembles an acting class, where only a table and chairs would be available to suggest a setting. As it happens, the play itself is just as thin as the production values...Despite its initial promise, this static two-hander quickly goes flat. Nevertheless, Parker and Arndt play off each other wonderfully. Parker is a wild bundle of energy and whimsy, while Arndt, initially the straight man to Parker’s theatrics, eventually opens up and comes to life."
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October 14th, 2016

"Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt return as a pair of misfits who somehow manage to connect despite being worlds apart...Written by Simon Stephens and so beautifully performed, what transpires between them bears out Heisenberg’s famed uncertainty principle in the flesh. Or put another way, opposites do attract...What seems so incredibly simplistic somehow registers as one of the most emotionally complex relationships you’re likely to witness on stage or in real life."
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October 13th, 2016

"In most narratives, the age difference alone would disqualify Georgie and Alex from potential romance. But Stephens plays by his own rules in this story...There's nothing to even vaguely suggest where we might be headed, but Parker and Arndt keep us deeply invested in each of their erratic movements...Stephens wraps the play in this metaphor of 'uncertainty'...He draws this parallel with a light enough hand that Georgie and Alex remain human beings and not mouthpieces for philosophical theory."
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October 14th, 2016

"A terrifically matched pair of actors playing a questionably matched pair of lovers...'Heisenberg' plays off the standard romantic comedy pairing of an offbeat, eccentric young woman who fascinates a straight-laced, conservative older man, though Stephens injects it with more honesty and heart than punch lines...'Heisenberg' may seem somewhat thin and whimsical on the surface, but in the hands of two fine actors it's a touching and satisfying venture."
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October 17th, 2016

"The trick lies in making the woman equally lovable and bizarre, and also creating some kind of quirky chemistry between her and the man. On these grounds, 'Heisenberg' constitutes a thoroughly fizzled science experiment...This is the first romantic comedy in recent memory that leaves one actively rooting for the couple not to get together. Then again, 'Heisenberg' is neither romantic nor especially funny."
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October 13th, 2016

"Stephens pushes the extent of unknowability pretty far, and doesn't always drop the dramatic anchor he needs to keep it on message. Georgie's behavior is a flood of overstatement that is not properly dammed in Parker's performance...Arndt, though, plays his part superbly...The evening becomes more about the artifice of its creation than the relationship it documents, and despite its intriguing, understated premise, it just isn't written well enough to function in that capacity."
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October 22nd, 2016

“Simon Stephens, whose ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ recently amazed audiences with its razor-sharp take on the inner workings of an autistic boy, is back with ‘Heisenberg’, a two-hander that examines the relationship between a forty-something woman and a seventy-something man, written with the same consummate insight into the foibles of human beings, minus that play’s technical wizardry, here replaced by a sharp ear and eye for the nuances of neediness.”
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October 13th, 2016

"'Heisenberg' isn’t a play that relies on over-the-top theatrical effects. It doesn’t crutch itself on snazzy scene changes; it doesn’t showcase the most impressive lighting or sound design ever devised for the theatre. Instead, it returns our attention to what should be most important to us—simple, beautiful, human connection. Director Mark Brokaw has given two gifted actors the freedom to take the most basic stage setup and completely capture our imagination."
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October 15th, 2016

"The stage is ablaze with the ongoing, unstoppable babble that erupts from the lonely, tortured soul of Mary-Louise Parker's Georgie...Georgie is relentless in her venom-like attacks about Alex’s age and character, coiling and recoiling, showing off Parker’s remarkable acting skills (probably a Tony nom here), albeit in a most annoying persistent way and occasionally in what might even be called charismatic...However, is this awkward pairing really believable?"
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October 13th, 2016

"With a set consisting of just a couple of tables and chairs the only glitter in 'Heisenberg' comes from the acting and that's certainly in good hands here. The part of Georgie seems written to order for Mary-Louise Parker's singular affinity for somewhat lost, almost child-like characters. Denis Arndt's Alex at first seems mostly a sounding board for Parker's Georgie...But though Parker has the showier role, Arndt quickly becomes a much more significant and endearing presence."
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October 13th, 2016

"What’s truly wonderful about 'Heisenberg' is that it never goes where you expect it to go...Yet, it all feels completely believable because of the performances of these two masterful actors...Parker truly immerses herself in Georgie, a woman who would perhaps be considered pathetic if Parker ever let her slip into full-on pathos. Parker gives her life and purpose despite her hopeless flaws....Arndt’s portrayal of Alex is wonderfully realistic."
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October 13th, 2016

"Stephens is doing what appears to be the thing he is most brilliant at: creating two characters, flawed and difficult, engaging (but sometimes disengaging) in a one-on-one dialogue that is as complex in its emotionality as it is in its simplicity of words...Parker is exceptional in making Georgie so layered that we are instantly taken. And Arndt shows a quiet yet powerful dignity in his depiction of this surprising man...Both Parker and Arndt fit perfectly into the skins of their characters."
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October 14th, 2016

"Parker uses her limbs, every muscle in her face, and the full range of her vocal cords to bring Georgie’s anguish bursting through the surface. The result is thrilling; Parker suffuses the text with empathy and pathos. And what text it is...Pushed along and anchored by Parker and Arndt, respectively, this two-hander is unlike many plays seen on Broadway. Its focus is squared tightly, telling a small story in rich detail with vivid, memorable performances."
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October 18th, 2016

"The connection that begins with a kiss is the engaging subject of Simon Stephens’s 'Heisenberg'...Under Mark Brokaw’s astute direction, Ms. Parker and Mr. Arndt tackle the rich complexities in Mr. Stephens’s script and successfully grapple with the mysteries of human connection...'Heisenberg' meets the vicissitudes of the human condition and clarity convenes on the stage of life and on the stage of the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre."
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November 5th, 2016

"The mystery is how a team with such track records and talents–playwright Simon Stephens, director Mark Brokaw, Parker—could produce such gibberish...The problem is that, in the six short scenes of this 80-minute play, there is scarcely a line that comes out of the woman’s mouth that sounds like anything anybody would actually say, except for a character contrived for the stage...Everything about 'Heisenberg,' in short, is fake."
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October 20th, 2016

"Parker plays the character with an explosive near perfection. The sympathetic and vulnerable performance by Arndt matches her acting and builds to a near breaking point of vulnerability and joy...Mark Brokaw directs Stephens' script with precision and infuses the production with unease and dread...Both survivors of immense loss, the characters plunge into a relationship that could destroy them. Despite it all, the play is equally hilarious."
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October 13th, 2016

"Often enchanting, occasionally frustrating, and ultimately poignant two-hander...Director Mark Brokaw and scenic designer Mark Wendland have created a small central playing area on stage with the part of the audience seated behind them on the stage...It’s about as anti-spectacle as Broadway gets. And it doesn’t matter one bit!...I may not know much about physics, but I am certain that these actors’ sterling work is not to be missed."
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October 13th, 2016

“The Manhattan Theatre Club’s season opener...offers rich, intelligent dialogue, crisply efficient staging, two strong actors, and a situation and characters that require swallowing with more than a single grain of salt...Most audiences will appreciate the play as an amiable, straightforward romantic dramedy between an elderly man and a younger woman, each in need of filling a well of loneliness. You do, of course, have to make allowances for dramatic license.”
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October 16th, 2016

"'Heisenberg' is only 80 minutes long and even that is too long with Mary-Louise Parker's horrible grating, whiny vocal tones and staging that is obstructed, no matter where you sit...This play puts the audience to sleep. The problem is I just did not believe this romance for a single second...Why this play is called 'Heisenberg' is beyond me, as there was nothing explosive or chemistry that was exciting to watch...How this play made it to Broadway is a mystery."
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October 13th, 2016

"They are a mismatch made in dramatic heaven. Combine Parker and Arndt with the intriguingly enigmatic script and the canny direction by Mark Brokaw, and you have another winning new play...The play loses none of the dynamic impact it had on 55th Street. In fact, the spare staging actually enhances the fragmentary nature of the play, with the pair striving to maintain balance as if on a metaphysical seesaw...What joy there is in watching actors like this, in a new play like this."
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October 13th, 2016

"How much punier can plays get on Broadway? The director Mark Brokaw has found a way. It’s no longer enough that audiences are asked to sit through an evening that’s only 80 minutes sans intermission...Brokaw has reduced the performing space at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre to a narrow catwalk...Arndt is amiable and dull while Parker is hyper and unhinged...Georgie and Alex are wrong for each other, and so their happy ending emerges as false and forced."
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October 18th, 2016

"The working out of the playwright’s musings, under the snappy direction of Mark Brokaw...is in the hands of two terrific actors, Arndt and Parker...All lies in the writing and acting, and the stars are commanding. Parker, in a role very different than some of the parts she has played, is amusingly flamboyant and a dynamic force that little by little brings Alex out of his shell...There is no uncertainty that this is a captivating play offering two highly appealing performances."
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October 17th, 2016

"This has to be one of the most unlikely, yet deeply convincing couples you’ll ever see on stage; a romantic, highly sexual relationship that slowly evolves despite reticence, red flags and trap doors at every turn. Playwright Simon Stephens has created two marvelous characters who make what could have been yet another quirky-girl-gets-repressed-man-to-open-up scenario into something eminently richer and more satisfying...Timing is impeccable, physical acting perfection."
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October 13th, 2016

"The actors are back, even more nuanced and riveting...Director Mark Brokaw’s simple, impeccably observed production has little more than a couple of metal tables and chairs with which to burrow into fine-tuned character studies...In just a few ingratiating, ultimately devastating scenes, Stephens and his actors carve out mismatched, lonely grown-ups who are as confused and fascinated by their history and future as we are."
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October 14th, 2016

"If Georgie just seems like a crazy, lonely soul at first, as her motives surface and the character clicks into place, the power of Parker’s performance becomes clearer as well...Arndt is quietly brilliant, as Alex likewise shifts away from expectations to become something more surprising...If the play’s first half feels less engaging because of how much remains unknown, by the end it subtly poses much larger questions you’re likely to think about for some time afterward."
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October 14th, 2016

"An improbable, if sweet, romantic fantasy. It all goes down very easily, thanks to director Mark Brokaw and, especially, the actors...Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt make the opposites-attract notion involving, even if the bridging of the characters' age gap would require more elaboration to be persuasive...Georgie, an American expatriate who talks nonstop, could be taken for a psychopath in a less accomplished portrayal. But Parker makes her an ultimately fetching kook."
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October 13th, 2016

"Stage veterans Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt are the skilled interpreters for Stephens’s rich two-hander, a spot-on rumination about joy and sadness, and how either can seep into proceedings where neither may have been anticipated...It’s hard to take your eyes off Parker, who allows us to see Georgie as a multidimensional human being...As Alex, Arndt is spare and understated...Like their relationship, 'Heisenberg' is more than the sum of its parts."
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December 3rd, 2016

"Mary Louise Parker delivers her familiar quirkiness, painting Georgie's wild, erratic mannerisms with a slice of vulnerability. You may find her captivating but her self-involved chatter is definitely exhausting. As Alex, the bland, suppressed butcher, Denis Arndt's finely drawn performance defines him with warmth and likability as he eventually revitalizes himself during their affair. Mark Brokaw smartly directs this unusual spring/winter romance on a bare-bones stage."
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October 16th, 2016

"The physical production is so simple it allows us to focus all of our attention on the characters themselves, and Parker and Arndt have created for us two personalities that are composed of much more than we first realized...It’s to the great credit of Mr. Brokaw, Ms. Parker, and Mr. Arndt that they so thoroughly fill the needs of the play. Ms. Parker is radiant, in full command, most appealing, and totally convincing."
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October 18th, 2016

"Simon Stephens’ 'Heisenberg', likely named after the uncertain relationship in which these two find themselves, is a gentle and unassuming play, one whose eighty minutes pass without much surprise but without much to dissatisfy, either."
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October 13th, 2016

"Cutesy, quirky and never especially believable, Simon Stephens' comedy-drama 'Heisenberg' is like the theatrical equivalent of a Wes Anderson movie, minus the elaborate set design...Parker acts up a storm, while Arndt takes a more restrained approach — but neither ever fully convinces us that these characters' behavior is rooted in any recognizable reality...Even though "Heisenberg" is directed with efficiency by Mark Brokaw and has its share of smart, charming dialogue, I grew weary."
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October 13th, 2016

"Parker and Arndt don't have sexual chemistry, exactly. The stage isn't burning up. But they do seem to enjoy each other, and the result is a realistic, affectionate bond that deepens as the play emotionally opens up. Stephens is adept at sparking compassion for irritating characters, which Georgie and Alex both are...'Heisenberg' is not rocket science—or particle physics. It's just a sweet story about two people who think they don't deserve love."
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October 16th, 2016

"Mary-Louise Parker gives one of her strongest performances in years and is a joy to watch. Denis Arndt is equally brilliant as a shy, strident man of many interests. Mark Brokaw has given them just enough direction so they can express themselves as they do and expose their raw nerves. He also has made them interesting to watch... 'Heisenberg' has got to be one of the most provocative dramas of bringing two diametrically opposed people together, and is certainly one of the best."
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October 13th, 2016

"Show me the star and I'll show you an overpriced, too-short run time show...In 80 minutes you barely get the chance to evaluate these characters, where they are going, and what their motivations are. It's too brief and you're left guessing at the tidbits of facts they spill out in the dialogue...In summary, I couldn't tell where the play was going or why it even started in the first place."
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October 13th, 2016

"Simon Stephens' play is as sumptuous an experience as theater gets...Director Mark Brokaw upped the intimacy level by putting bleacher seats on much of the stage, making the venue into a poor man's theater-in-the-round. Then he let Parker and Arndt do what they do best...Stephens does nothing less than alchemy here. He captures new love and old love at the same time, hope and fear, the new world and the old."
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October 13th, 2016

"A fine play by Simon Stephens...It is less about the plot and more about the observation of two human beings falling in love...It seems appropriate that two audiences are seated opposite each other...This is quite a unique experience and as much as the play is captivating, the point of view offered is mind-blowing...Elaborate minimalism, intimate and non-banal love story, layered performances, here are just a few things for which 'Heisenberg' is worth seeing."
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October 24th, 2016

"Is Stephens’ play worth watching? Well, it’s no 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'...Still, Stephens has completely succeeded in creating a full-bodied and red-blooded character for Mary-Louise Parker to play. Better still, you’ll have to go far and wide to find an actress who perfectly understands the woman she’s been given to play. How much director Mark Brokaw also had to do with this raging success we’ll never know, but Parker’s performance will be cherished."
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October 13th, 2016

"In this play by Simon Stephens, we never fully understand Georgie's motivations...The focus is on the words and the actors. I wish I had seen the play in a more intimate space...This sort of eccentric romantic comedy about the unlikely coming together of two lonely people was once a staple of the commercial theatre and film. Stephens, who, I am convinced, can do just about anything brilliantly, has mastered the genre."
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October 16th, 2016

"Modest, but captivating...Stephens has created two interesting, unique characters. Their idiosyncrasies and traits are strikingly rendered with both performers giving skillful, nuanced portrayals. However, the overall thrust of the production, while bewitching and absorbing, is modest at best. Mary Louise-Parker and Denis Ardnt deliver two outstanding performances. They are appealing, melancholy, and authentic."
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November 2nd, 2016

"The entirety of this play is too confessional and absolutely unnecessary...A one-act, bare-bones look at the baffling interactions between two underwritten characters, 'Heisenberg' offers a pretentiously philosophical take on the myth of the manic pixie dream girl...Staged with sterile efficiency by Mark Brokaw...While the idea of a romantic ending is sweet, the likelihood that it will actually take place is so slim that the play’s conclusion feels quite forced."
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October 13th, 2016

"Denis Arndt gives a beautifully modulated performance...Mary-Louise Parker pretty much has the market cornered when it comes to eccentric charm. She gives a fine performance here, but all her skills can’t erase the fact that the overly needy Georgie Burns is essentially an emotional bully. Ms. Parker is a truthful actor, but playwright Stephens has created a character that is hard to root for, much less wish love, strange or otherwise."
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October 17th, 2016

"Stephens is back with this two-hander about a disparate couple who meet in a London train station...Parker overcomes Georgie’s volatile, inherently annoying demeanor to make this role captivating, particularly in contrast with Arndt’s reclusive Irish bachelor...Mark Brokaw’s astute direction is enhanced by Mark Wendland’s minimalist set, Austin R. Smith’s lighting, David Van Tiegham’s sound and Michael Krass’s costumes."
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October 14th, 2016

"The play initially feels like a kooky rom-com. But as Georgie’s torrent of quirky chatter shades into something sharper and more ambiguous, so, too, does the production...There’s something generously honest in 'Heisenberg' about ordinariness. With humour and a low-level ache of sadness, it tunes into those small, often overlooked encounters that can spin people’s lives off in new directions."
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November 10th, 2016

"Simon Stephens’ 'Heisenberg' is an intimate exploration of loneliness, desperation and the crazy things we do to have a little companionship. Georgie drives the action as an unhinged mom who craves far more than life has given her. She has no trouble finding words but they are rarely the right ones. Alex is much more passive though that doesn’t make his needs any less palpable. There’s something that draws him to Georgie despite the chaos she brings into his life."
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October 22nd, 2016

"It’s hard to say what, besides a kiss, brings these two characters together...They are an unlikely and arguably entertaining pair. But that’s less to do with Stephens’ script. Credit is more due to Parker and Arndt, who returned to the play after its off-Broadway run last year. Parker’s Georgie, indeed exhausting in her neurosis, alongside Arndt still charms. And although Arndt is making his Broadway debut so late in life, we are lucky to see him there now."
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October 13th, 2016

"'Heisenberg' is a theory dressed as a play...While charming and beautifully acted, the play relies more on stated aphorisms than moving, dynamic interaction. By resorting to tropes fast becoming standard in contemporary non-musical plays, it becomes remote, and unsatisfyingly predictable...The characters engage and retreat, but no matter how much the actors try to share and relate, the story remains a mild and intellectual one...There is falseness in 'Heisenberg’s' indirect drama."
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October 15th, 2016

"Stephens is wildly successful in applying uncertainty principles to human character and relations, codifying realities we know somewhere to be true, but haven’t yet the language to exactly identify...The result is exquisite – delicate in its observation of two damaged souls stumbling their way to the other...This production is bare-boned, throwing the efforts of these two into nice relief and if you like watching the work of solid actors, you’ll love this production."
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October 19th, 2016

"The actors dive right into the emotionally intricate 'Heisenberg,' and the audience is enthralled for 90 minutes...The play beguiles and captivates because of Stephens' remarkable and lean script, which director Mark Brokaw honors with powerfully understated staging. And thanks to the two dynamic actors embodying Georgie and Alex...Both actors sizzle with stage chemistry...Masterfully put together by such an amazing creative team."
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October 17th, 2016

"Parker turns in an astonishing performance...A lesser actor could have easily gotten lost in the neuroticism, but Parker never loses sight of Georgie’s humanity...Brokaw’s direction is unassuming as are the other elements of this production. Minimalism is quite fitting to the themes of the play in that it allows for the story to be processed without filtering or distraction. The audience experiences the play in its rawest form while the characters experience one another in that same way."
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October 4th, 2016

"Wonderful performances by Parker and Arndt add immensely to the pleasure of 'Heisenberg.' Some may say that the part of Georgie is made for Parker, but that statement belies her talent, which makes the difficult role look easy. Arndt shines in his first lead on Broadway...Ably directed by Brokaw, 'Heisenberg' envelopes us into the funny, sad, and sometimes dangerous vortex of a relationship...It’s an exciting piece of theatre."
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June 3rd, 2015

"On its surface, it’s a satisfyingly sentimental, life-affirming mating dance between two people who are so utterly dissimilar that of course they are made for each other...But if you choose to tune into the quieter frequencies of 'Heisenberg,' you’ll detect the presence of a probing work that considers the multiplicity of alternatives that could shape our lives at every moment."
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June 3rd, 2015

"In 'Heisenberg,' Mary-Louise Parker plays an incandescent kook who may be a little crazy, which is to say she’s totally in her wheelhouse. No other actor plays troubledness with such radiance; at close range—as in Mark Brokaw’s intimate production. The effect is almost overwhelming. Yet she’s irresistible, which helps make sense of Simon Stephens’s unusual romantic two-hander."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Under Mark Brokaw’s exquisite direction, the two actors could not be better. The rest of the production frames them beautifully, too...Life, says Heisenberg, is misapprehension. Which is liberating in one sense, and scary in another. The play, beautifully, is both."
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June 3rd, 2015

"The play is to be appreciated less for its tangled, artificial plotting than for its sensitive and amusing portrayals of characters bearing heavy emotional baggage...Under the pitch-perfect direction of Mark Brokaw, the two performers deliver deeply moving portrayals. You won't believe a minute of what goes on in 'Heisenberg', but you'll probably leave the theater with a goofy grin on your face nonetheless."
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June 3rd, 2015

"A slight if gracefully written two-character play...This two-hander never shakes off the impression it gives of being an advanced writing exercise in character building...It’s an education in acting craft to watch Georgie’s volatile moods and turbulent thoughts play out in Parker’s quicksilver performance."
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June 4th, 2015

"Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt are a match made in the heavens, as you’ll see if you get the chance to observe Heisenberg, the marvelous brief play...Stephens seems intent on taking every cliche of the August-December love affair, observing it with micro-clarity, and then watching it change form under his authorial eye into something fresh and emotionally resonant. He is blessed with actors at the top of their form and the incisive direction of Mark Brokaw."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Mary-Louise Parker is the only reason to see 'Heisenberg.' The play’s flimsy and contrived, but it provides the chance to experience her peculiar pull...The show would be completely inconsequential — and preposterous — without the credibly sweet rapport Parker and Arndt establish under Mark Brokaw’s economical direction."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Over a series of relatively short scenes separated by blackouts and a bell sounding, the actors share a sturdy rapport. They frequently move furniture, but seldom us. 'Is this the strangest thing that two people have ever done in the history of the world?' asks Georgie. Uh, no. But it’s a fairly interesting 90 minutes."
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June 10th, 2015

"This spare two-hander is one of the most emotionally complex and fulfilling productions ever to grace a New York stage...Under director Mark Brokaw’s seeming non-direction on that virtually bare stage, the play manages an intimacy and honesty that is utterly captivating."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Simons' unconventional yet thoroughly touching romance is a welcome kickoff to the new theater season...We still root for the pair of newly acquainted lovers, while cheering Stephens for reimagining the tired genre of carpe diem-spouting romance. The most predictable species in the theatrical jungle has officially gotten the Heisenberg treatment, and is better off for it."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Breezy but somewhat misapplied play with two people who can't ever seem to know enough about each other to conduct the kind of relationship the universe apparently wants them to have...'Heisenberg' may celebrate the myriad ways in which we can never really know for certain everything we think should about the people closest to us, but the play would be better off if it gave us something more concrete to believe in."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Though there are moments of genuine vulnerability, the play seems more concerned with Georgie’s shallow, verbose deflections...Older theatergoers will likely relate more to the play’s big questions than their younger counterparts – there is simply not enough dramatic action to please the Snapchat generation – but the actors elevate the script to something watchable. Ultimately, 'Heisenberg' is certainly exhausting, but I wish it were just a little more captivating."
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June 12th, 2015

"'Heisenberg', an intimate invitation to study two people collide in life and the momentum of their action in relation to each other. Mary Louise Parker, who must have grabbed hold of this play…and held it tight, is perfect…She finds Alex Priest, deliciously played by Denis Arndt, and decides to attach herself to him...I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to get a glimpse of their interactions...see this beautifully crafted 90 minute jewel, and take in every moment."
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June 4th, 2015

"Simon Stephens springs some surprises, though his play is not entirely credible. You won’t need much training in physics to parse Simon Stephens’s sweet and slight 'Heisenberg..' It’s a flimsy piece, but it rewards watching, both where it is and where it’s going."
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June 4th, 2015

"I'm usually in his corner and largely because he makes a habit of not repeating himself from play to play. With this one, however, I take issue. I'd say that the chemistry here is about the same as the chemical reaction between fire and water...On the other hand, I like the directing and performing."
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June 3rd, 2015

"Mary-Louise Parker plays the quirky, troubled soul she was born to play — over and over again. As the play begins, Georgie Burns (Parker), a 40-ish American expat in London, has just impulsively kissed Alex Priest (an impressive Dennis Arndt), a 75-year-old butcher sitting in a train station. The purported reason for her interest in this older man is eventually revealed. It’s a tour de force for the actors, particularly Parker, but the slender plot held little interest for me."
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June 3rd, 2015

"The small, spare production, directed with wit and grace by Mark Brokaw, keeps both actors intensely in focus throughout. As she has done with other alluringly offbeat characters, Parker makes Georgie both seductive and irritating...Arndt's performance complements hers beautifully."
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June 2nd, 2015

"Simon's unlikely two-character love story creates emotional enchantment through fine-tuned, closely observed character studies...We can be certain, I think, that this hot-ticket can play as long as its actors feel like it."
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June 4th, 2015

"An offbeat, good-hearted romance...The two-actor, 80-minute play is odd, but it's not that weighty...'Heisenberg,' which has been smartly directed in the small playing space by Mark Brokaw, is flawed, but it can be appreciated as a testament to life's unimagined possibilities."
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June 4th, 2015

"The power of these performances would be enough to be called a terrific evening in the theater...There’s magic here that starts in the script. Stephens’ way with the language has a signature feel...'Heisenberg' is pretty special on it’s own. Go see this. Then go somewhere snug to figure out what you saw. There will be words!
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June 3rd, 2015

"It's a very good play given a very good production with two very good actors...Director Mark Brokaw provides a steady, sure hand to these proceedings. I'd call them modest proceedings but it's too rich a tale and too well-performed for that...Nonetheless, I'm certain this is a production worth seeing."
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June 4th, 2015

"The sometimes touching, not always engaging new play...'Heisenberg' involves how we feel about watching Arndt and Parker for 85 interval-less minutes. Such focus results from the lack of visual distraction — the set is merely two long tables and two chairs — and the slightly undernourished nature of Stephens’ text."
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