Already closed | 1h 25m | Midtown W

Heisenberg

From 377 member  reviews
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

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.

45
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You like Mary Louise Parker. She is always a delight.

Don't see it if You want an actual play. A snore.

Also This "play" was simply two people on a bare stage with a couple of cha... Read more Read less

40
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Banal, Ambitious

See it if ...you love either member of the cast.

Don't see it if ...you find Mary Louise Parker annoying.

10
Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Banal, Overrated

See it if It is so boring and absolutely a NOTHING show. Saw it when it was off broadway. Can't understand why it was brought back.

Don't see it if You want to be bored out of your mind and walk out saying"Why did I waste my time with this?"

35
Very tedious

See it if You like manipulative, lying stalkers Want to see a show that goes nowhere fast but has a happy ending

Don't see it if You want to see a show where the leading lady sounds as though she has marbles in her mouth as she speaks You are bored by inactivity

42
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see two great actors take on a meteor play, staged as if it were a reading with no scripts.

Don't see it if You'd rather see a production than a staged reading with two extraordinary leads.

40
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Overrated

See it if You love Ms. Parker so much that you can't miss seeing her.

Don't see it if You love her work, so see her past work instead. The theme is predictable. It is NOT deep nor thoughtful.

44
Misfire

See it if Possibly for Denis Arndt and if you can't get along without seeing Mary Louise Parker.

Don't see it if You don't want to be bored out of your mind.

49
Contrived, Funny, Unambitious, Pretentious, Overrated

See it if you would enjoy a play with 2 talented actors trying to make the most of a contrived situation and shallow, borderline vulgar material.

Don't see it if you don't have the money for premium seats. Staging is unacceptable; side mezzanine seats should not be sold, not even as rush tix.

Also The plot, the characters, and their strained references to physics all... Read more Read less

20
Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You don't care it has nothing to do with Werner Heisenberg. You are not expecting caliber of script or MLP performance of PROOF

Don't see it if U don't want to see substandard writing and unbelievable story of an apparently normal yet peculiar 70 year old continuing a conversation,

Also yet alone a relationship, with a compulsive lying looney tunes crazy 4... Read more Read less

25
Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You have great tolerance for unmotivated whimsy and a pixillated main character played on at best two notes by an otherwise excellent actor.

Don't see it if You expect motivation and at least some modicum of reality and truth behind both (not just one of the) characters in the action.

40
Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy scene study or are a Mary Louise Parker fan

Don't see it if you prefer a more exciting or emotional theatre-going experience

During previews
49
Banal, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating

See it if you like confusing theater; you like wacko characters; you like pointless plots; you have a need to see MLP act weird;

Don't see it if just don't; it has almost no point and a name that has to be researched to find the connection to the actual dumb material.

Also This is the 2nd time MTC has put something on a broadway stage that be... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Insipid, Romantic

See it if By chance you get papered to this very slight two-hander, which once observed evaporates from memory. I was not uncertain whether I liked it

Don't see it if You expect a play about Werner Heisenberg or one that will affect your behavior. It runs about as long as a good nap, so the choice is yours

For a previous production
25
Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you like plays about younger women falling for much older men.

Don't see it if you're under age 50. My friend and I HATED this play - it's totally improbable that this woman would fall for this very old man.


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...
read more
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...
read more
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...
read more
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...
read more