Based on true events, Primary Stages's world premiere drama tells the story of how music helped Israel find its cultural identity during its formative years. More…
In 1925, an unforgettable event occurred when Jascha Heifetz, the most celebrated violinist in the world, played a concert in pre-Israel Palestine. People flocked from all over the globe to see this performance, including Yehuda Sharett, composer and brother of future Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. Legend has it that after the performance, Heifetz and Yehuda walked together and shared a remarkable conversation that resonated twenty years later when, in 1945, Moshe echoed Heifetz’s experience with his brother in a similar exchange that changed the world as we know it.
See it if you want to see some good acting a beautiful set, an interesting topic & some nice background violin work. Pre Israel, Israel ..the setting
Don't see it if you need a history lesson. It sometimes gets bogged down in the minutia.
See it if you are interested in the violent development of the Israeli state, the role of art in politics, the impact of grief, brotherly relationship
Don't see it if you're not interested in 20th century history of the Israeli state, don't know much about the Sharret brothers, not into Israeli music
See it if Covers an important time in world history, and gives an insight into the early days of Israel. I found the first act compelling.
Don't see it if But the second act was disappointing. It didn’t really go anywhere, and ultimately didn’t have much to say. However...
See it if you're interested in a play that ties music with the formation of the State of Israel with personal stories.
Don't see it if you're impatient; you don't like talky plays.
See it if you are so fascinated with the modern history of Palestine that you don't need much of a story. Acting was excellent but did not save it.
Don't see it if You require a basic plot and not just arm-waving about principles.
See it if you're strongly pro-Israel &/or would enjoy anything to do with Israeli history, even if the play itself is poorly written & constructed.
Don't see it if you want an interesting, cohesive play that gives you a reason to care about what's onstage, esp if you're not already strongly pro-Israel.
See it if you really want to see something about the history of Israel/Zionism
Don't see it if you're looking for an interesting, engaging way to learn history. this is quite boring
See it if You know about the History of Israel in 1926 and have a understanding of what transpired and you understand Hebrew.
Don't see it if If you are looking for an easy understanding of what is happening between characters.
See it if you like Israeli history,if you like pivotal lesser known characters in Israeli history, if you like being transported in time to a kibbutz.
Don't see it if you like plays that spoon feed you, if you are uninterested in the Israeli politics of the 1930's and 1940's.
See it if You like character dramas; you love classical music, history, psychology, or exploring the depths of human experience
Don't see it if You aren't deep or contemplative, you don't care much for art or classical music or cultural or world history
See it if you're interested in the formation of Israel or in classical music. Interesting historical figures.
Don't see it if you want lively, engaging theater. WALK is, sadly, dull. Staging w/violinist falls flat. Moshe's accent varies wildly. Long set change.
See it if No reason to go. You will learn nothing interesting about any of the characters.
Don't see it if Slow, unfocused and choppy. A little vanity project touching very respectful topics with a lightness that borderlines on levity.
See it if You really want to see another historical play based on a true character’s life learning how to live with the horrors of the Holocaust.
Don't see it if You don’t have an intense interest in Jewish history. There’s not enough story here to make it acccessable to most.
See it if Despite good acting (esp Lochtefeld's Moshe) play is slow & legubrious Ostensibly about music its really about the creation of Isreali state
Don't see it if A didactic history lesson lacking drama. For a play concerning Jascha Heifetz & the creative power of music, its tone deaf
See it if you're interested in the prehistory of the Jewish state, the sometimes uneasy relation of art to public service, or 20th century music.
Don't see it if you have no interest in seeing a simple, story with a single focus modestly told.
See it if OK concept: show how music is key to building the foundation of the new state of Israel; persuasive acting
Don't see it if concept not developed in coherent or compelling manner; historical characters spout cliches about music; violin accompaniment is meh
See it if You have some familiarity with the founding of Israel. You like plays about big ideas. You enjoy plays that use music to tell the story.
Don't see it if You have little/no familiarity w/the founding of Israel:there's no backstory given.You want good pacing:odd intermission doesn't help.
See it if Very slow the first act had violin playing and I think it was more active than the second act it was just brothers talking in a room.
Don't see it if looking for a musical or dancing this is not the play to see.
See it if you enjoy a well set drama about a meeting of two people and the long term effects. Very intense and well acted.
Don't see it if you are not interested in discussions of how music can change the world or the beginnings of the state of Israel.
See it if You enjoy thinking about art/music's influence on culture, have some curiosity about the birth of modern day Israel, like polemic debate.
Don't see it if Want action or expect to hear "Heifetz" play music. This is talky, slow, & has little story arc. A mix of accents (even between brothers!)