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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)


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


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.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Fluffy

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

Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You have an affection for all stories Jewish and WW2 -y

Don't see it if You are over easy tropes used to tell antiquated stories.

During previews
Indulgent, Unfocused, Aimless, Slow, Cliched

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.

Also More confusing and shallow than informative and enlightening. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow, Boring

See it if You don't value you time or money.

Don't see it if You dislike slow, indulgent shows with little action or point. I would have rather stayed home and stared at the wall and talked to myself.

During previews
Heifetz should have stayed home; so should you

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

During previews
Banal, Slow, Excruciating

See it if I don't know. It was pretty boring and very slow. The characters were over the top. Everyone was really excited about the violinist.

Don't see it if Someone didn't force you into the theater at gunpoint.

During previews
Boring, Slow, Slight but interesting set, Excruciating, Too talky

See it if you enjoy hearing a violinist accompanying actors while speaking...

Don't see it if you are looking for an interesting story and a stimulating show...

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if This is a play where the talented actors make cleverly written observations while lacking any kind of interesting narrative.

Don't see it if During the two rather boring acts, a lovely young lady plays the violin beautifully and that is probably the highlight of this show.

During previews
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You must see any show at all related to Israel and/or Heifitz

Don't see it if You like good stories, well written and engaging. This one is slow, talky and preachy.

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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