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Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Luna Stage presents the world premiere of this fantastical drama about Johanna Stern, the young woman who will go on to become Hannah Arendt, one of the most important 20th century philosophers. More…

From the show:

Johanna Stern will become one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. But at the moment, no one has heard of her, or even of the name she writes under, Hannah Arendt. She is merely a graduate student with one book under her belt. Karl Frick is a young officer, recently promoted from the criminal police force to the political police force, a new division in 1933 Berlin. His first interrogation in this new job promises to be his most challenging one. A fantastical drama about one of our deepest thinkers, inspired by real events.

1h 30m | Already closed | Luna Stage Company (West Orange)

Member Reviews (29)


Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Great writing, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Amazing new drama abt Hannah Arendt,one of the most profound thinkers,performed by excellent act w/ a superb script.Real story:Berlin 1933*

Don't see it if You do not want to deal with MTA & NJT on weekend. Yet, travelling was worthwhile.

Also *Hanna Arendt Stern gets arrested and... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Based on true life events in 1933 Germany, highly relevant to today with fresh insights. Extraordinary scripting & acting. World premiere.

Don't see it if You easily get turned off by any reference to philosophy.

Also In this dynamic 90 minute, no intermission play, the author sows the d... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are looking for thought-provoking theater with relevance to today.

Don't see it if You are looking for a light night out. While there are moments of humor, this is a serious play on a serious subject.


See it if You want to see the true story of Hannah Arendt, young, in Nazi prison, and intelligently dealing with "good German" guard who lets her out

Don't see it if You can't get to NJ by car or train to Orange then uber or local cab to Luna Stae, 555 Valley Rd. If train, check schedule for return times.

Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in the time period (1930s Europe), philosophy, or questions of what happens when law and ethics collide, how humans react

Don't see it if you dislike serious material, small settings, shows without intermissions, or if you prefer to be entertained without thinking

Pointless, Relevant, Disappointing, Effective staging

See it if you're a big history buff or if you're already familiar with the story.

Don't see it if you're looking for fun

Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you like history to be real. Very compelling

Don't see it if If you want light and fluffy

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in learning about Hannah Arendt's terrifying Nazi interrogation through a well-acted drama.

Don't see it if you don't like a play with basically two characters, one set, a lot of dialogue, and based on a true, frightening experience in Nazi Germany

Also This was my first time at a Luna Stage production and I will definitel... Read more Read less

Profound, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a play based on historical events.

Don't see it if You don’t like an intimate theater.

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in justice You care about the future of humanity You love passionate acting

Don't see it if you're expecting something light you're expecting a fancy set

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny

See it if You like historical plays with a twist of humor!

Don't see it if You don't like historical plays.

Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the early days of Nazi Germany and their treatment of intellectuals and Jews You want to get a basic sense of the time

Don't see it if You seek emotional sparks with your intellectual debates You seek human interactions, not just the play of ideas


See it if The acting in this drama is so tight. The space is intimate you almost feel that your breath matches theirs. It is a truly moving depiction

Don't see it if You want to laugh. The writing is good with a soft humor but this is a drama.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want an intelligent, thought-provoking experience, offering a window into the life of an important 20th century philosopher

Don't see it if You just want brain candy, and are definitely not in the mood for anything deep or intellectual.

Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You are someone who is intensely interested in the history of Germany in the early 1930s; you might find more value here than I did.

Don't see it if You have not read up on the life of Hannah Stern and her writings.

Also Since I was not familiar with H. Stern's writings I found the story co... Read more Read less

Slow, Confusing, Relevant

See it if A student of history, interested in women's history, Holocaust history

Don't see it if You can't sit for 90 minutes

Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you like intelligent, sometimes funny drama that is surprisingly relevant to today's headlines, featuring engaging characterizations.

Don't see it if don't like the above (?) :-)

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Your are an Observer of our time and politics, student of human nature or 20th c histoy it want lto understand how facism Emerges

Don't see it if You are bored w/ philosophy or literature or don’t think free speech and freedom of association are important. Or if China doesn’t scare you

Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you are interested in History, Its nuances can hopefully help us spot injustices in our own modern times.

Don't see it if Just see it. Its a show for everyone.

Directing, Insightful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The acting, writing and direction of this play reveal universal truths that help us understand the threats to democracy that we now face.

Don't see it if A must see

Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if The show begins with arrest of Hannah Arendt in 1933. Hannah, who is 23, needs to convince the arresting officer that she is innocent.

Don't see it if I'm without a reason to skip this show. The script is excellent, acting superb and the story reflects our current political climate.

Profound, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to learn more about how Nazi theories were accepted by good people and why some well-educated Jews wanted to remain in Germany.

Don't see it if you don’t like plays minus intermission. It sags a bit mid-way when the jailer's and Hannah’s arguments are repetitive. I’m seeing it again!

Profound, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if An historical play with great relevance to our current times.

Don't see it if You are looking for mindless entertainment.

Resonant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love thought provoking, historically based stories about true heroes

Don't see it if You are looking for a lot of fast moving action and excitement.

Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Truly moving and relevant. If you don't believe that history repeats itself, you will after seeing Mrs. Stern.

Don't see it if See it.

October 20th, 2019
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November 15th, 2019
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October 24th, 2019
"Dialogue in detention: World premiere of play about Hannah Arendt at West Orange’s Luna Stage"
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