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A Walk With Mr. Heifetz

From 138 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

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. 


Member Reviews (138)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

60
Intelligent, Profound, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

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...

Also After the show, there was a mini-concert (which I understand they’ll b... Read more Read less

65
Not surprised it's the playwright's 1st play, Boring, Fails to make us care, Disappointing

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.

Also 1st act was poorly done, except for the violin playing. Actor playing ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Slow, Talky, Stilted, Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

Also I wanted to like WALK, but the script never came to life. I applaud th... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Disappointing, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating, Predictable

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.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent, Well acted, Banal

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

During previews
59
Slow. talky. unfocused.

See it if You’re interested in the subject matter.

Don't see it if You want a compelling well told story.

During previews
68
Intelligent, Slow, Well-intentioned, Undramatic

See it if you are interested in the role of music in culture and/or in the founders of Israel.

Don't see it if you don't like talky plays with little dramatic arc.

Also A dialect coach would have been a good idea. The two brothers are prac... Read more Read less

During previews
62
Disappointing, Slow, Unfocused, Wordy

See it if you will see anything about the history of Israel or Heifetz. This show has an interesting perspective that will add to your knowledge.

Don't see it if You expect a tight script that delivers in a dramatically successful way. The script meandered and was didactic.

During previews
69
Very talky, Not much action, Nice violin playing

See it if You're interested in the history of Israel.

Don't see it if You're looking for an action-packed play.

During previews
60
Slow, boring, uninformative

See it if you enjoy historical plays that are just talk with little action & interesting facts about Jascha Heifetz & the formation of a Jewish State.

Don't see it if you are not interested in a play about the formation of Israel and how Jascha Heifetz was involved.

During previews
60
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in a conversation about Israel and/or music, and don't mind a slow talky show.

Don't see it if Two people talking on a stage won't entertain you. Weird accents bother you.

Also The second act was mostly pointless and bored me, but didn't quite era... Read more Read less

During previews
55
It's not a play yet

See it if stories about Jewish icons and Israel's founding is enough to keep you interested; if you speak Hebrew it helps.

Don't see it if you long for depth and texture for these important and complex real life characters; plays that "lecture" annoy you

During previews
67
Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if PREVIEW-cerebral play with reflective text emphasizing the gravitas of the events surrounding Heifetz & the time with Hobbs->musical scoring

Don't see it if Play never escapes heaviness of 1st act despite more traditional 2nd act; audience score can vary by 20 show score points depending upon vie

During previews
68
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if You are interested in seeing a play that comes across more as a history lesson. It is short though running at 90 mins with intermission.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with a plot that extends between acts.

Also This is the first play by this writer and it shows. There is zero plot... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Slow, Interesting concept

See it if You are interested in the founding of Israel and the role of music. The violinist playing on stage was excellent.

Don't see it if If off accents bother you. The two brothers strangely spoke in different accents. The play was slow and lacked a coherent story arc,

During previews
69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Philosophical

See it if you like philosophical plays about the place of art/music in society. Interesting historical drama delves into pre-Israeli history.

Don't see it if you want a show with more than dialog. Don't see it if you are not interested in the early history of Israel.

During previews
56
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if you can endure talk, talk, talk without much point. Whatever the underlying intent was, it did not make a statement or grab one's attention

Don't see it if You are looking for theater that makes you think about what is one the stage rather than what could have been. Missed opportunity

During previews
69
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a linear play that depicts a moment in history and [allegedly] its impact years later.

Don't see it if You don't like talky plays that are trying to make a point [this didn't quite do it].

During previews
65
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You can follow confusing plot and you don’t mind a very slow second act

Don't see it if You want something easy to follow and entertaining

During previews
63
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if you are interested in Israel and its culture. This is the story of how the country found its music...or something like that.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with accents or have a problem with Israel.

During previews
52
Slow, Cliched

See it if A so-so play that feels more like an essay on history. The violinist is good, wish there was more of her.

Don't see it if Not very well written or interesting the way the story is presented.

During previews
68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Interesting, Boring

See it if you love cherry lane theatre and if you like historically based plays.

Don't see it if you like cohesive scripts.. first and second act did not connect. heifetz character was disappointing while moshe and yehuda were interestin

During previews
60
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Tedious, Insufficient

See it if for a small slice of history told as a before and after with some fine acting

Don't see it if the lack of depth and information gap, falls short and you expect something more fulfilling.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Six ideas in search of a play, it tries to say something profound about Jews, Zionism, grief, music, and art, but it falls way short.

Don't see it if It lacks energy, depth, dramatic tension, sufficient backstory, or character development. Not fully formed, but it could be salvaged.

Also The violinist was excellent. Had she played only, dayenu.

During previews
55
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal

See it if are interested in the history of the modern state of Israel.

Don't see it if you want to see a play about Jascha Heifetz or are looking for a lot of music.


February 20th, 2018
"A play constructed for the sake of an argument...Mr. Inverne wants to make a point about the vital role of music in establishing a culture...But for all the biography in it, this play is an awkward amalgam of hastily sketched history, which will read clearly only to those who already know it, an...
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February 20th, 2018
"These are all astute observations made by a writer who has thought deeply about Israeli history and the role music had in shaping it. Inverne, however, forgets to infuse his thoughts with dramatic stakes to make his characters more than just mouthpieces for his reflections...Violinist Mariella H...
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February 21st, 2018
"Inverne's rather chatty and sedate drama about art, history, and politics...Its dramatic boiling point remains so high that it never escapes a certain quietude...Leynse's direction maintains a civil tone throughout, which may be a mistake...'A Walk with Mr. Heifetz' has a lot on its mind, and mo...
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February 22nd, 2018
“Although an interesting idea, James Inverne's ‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ has lofty ambitions which it is unable to fulfill. While the advertisement proclaims that these two encounters ‘changed the world as we know it,’ none of that comes through in the play. The thinness of the material and the t...
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