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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

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

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.

74
Ambitious, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Inadequate

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

76
Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Interesting

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.

72
Confusing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

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.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Wonderful acting, good writing, loved the story.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the history of the Jewish culture.

75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Clever

See it if You want to know more about Heifetz.

Don't see it if History and biographical shows bore you.

79
Quirky, Great staging, Clever

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.

87
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in seeing great acting

Don't see it if you are not interested in the historical perspective

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Profound, Reflective

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

Also Even more than a exploration of the role art can play in the formation... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Modest, Nostalgic

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.

Also I admire that the playwright -- a veteran writer who is having the 1st... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Confusing, Thought-provoking

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.

During previews
71
Great acting, Disappointing, Slow, Great violin playing

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.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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.

Also The meeting of the two brothers in the second act was really intense a... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Slow, Thought-provoking, Interesting premise

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!)

Also There's a talented female violinist whose "role" is to underscore the ... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Great music, Dialogue heavy

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.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Talking history lesson, Brilliant violinist on stage, Hatches slowly

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

During previews
78
Wonderful acting, misleading precis, some looseness in the writing but i really enjoyed the importance of music throughout.

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.

Also This is not a great play. The first act was very slow but had I not se... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Great intentions, Not quite realized, Historical setting, Intense, Appealing

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.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

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.

Also I would have given even a higher score is Act 2 didn't become a little... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like to see a poignant dramatization of how the beauty and power of music influenced the formation of Israel.

Don't see it if you prefer silly fluff to intelligent drama.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Intelligent, Slow, Absorbing, 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.

Also Like Farinelli and the King, another play about the restorative power ... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the history of Israel and its intersection with classical music

Don't see it if You want action or humor delivered in a traditional manner

Also This play made me think of the Sondheim quote "art isn't easy." Highli... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Profound, Great acting

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.

During previews
83
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if You like historical figures depicted as humans in conversations about weighty issues without polemics.

Don't see it if Strong accents bother you.

During previews
75
Intelligent, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.


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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