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 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 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 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 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!)
See it if You'd like an interesting look at a little known historical moment. Great acting and music and well staged
Don't see it if You want something more than to be talked at for 90min. This show is two conversations...long conversations. Beautifully done, but slow.
See it if historical premise of Heifetz & Israel , lots of artistic angst, 3 hander + violinist, almost imperceptible movement, intrigues you
Don't see it if stasis, talkiness, an intermission, historical drama are deal breakers in your theatre going experience
See it if You want to see some interesting acting choices. A true love of music elevated to the characteriztion of a nation. You dont mind slow bits.
Don't see it if You are not pro Israel. You are not interested in a spoken play with little action. You want anything fast or rollicking.
See it if An interesting idea about the influence of culture on history, writ small. First act meanders & could be a footnote to the stronger second.
Don't see it if I found the accents distracting but the emotion heartfelt & sincere. Still feels like a workshop piece but one I'd like to see expanded.
See it if you want a beautifully told tale that is gloriously acted about a chapter in history that may or may have not happened. It is grand concept.
Don't see it if you are looking for fast moving plays. This one is slow and very thought provoking.
See it if you have an interest in Israel's history and want to hear some great violin pieces.
Don't see it if you have a problem with accented speech. Sitting far back in the theater, I missed some of the lines.
See it if You like plays about historical times. The second act was much stronger than the first. It all comes together. Very moving at the end.
Don't see it if You like big flashy plays. This one is an intimate play focused on how certain relationships can make big changes in our lives.
See it if You're interested in Israeli history or in the story of a creative person discovering how he can contribute during troubled times.Relatable.
Don't see it if You're looking for something lively and fast-paced, or for a big production, or are triggered by Holocaust stories.