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'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 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.
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 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.
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.
See it if Meditation on art as redemption set in birth of Israel as a Jewish state focusing on 3 pivotal power players of the age in politics &music
Don't see it if Although interesting dialogue very talky and slow moving. If you are not interested in Jewish history or beautiful violin solos stay away
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
See it if like stories based on history; want to see a unique integration of music into the story line; have an interest in the history of Israel.
Don't see it if if you don't like plays where the characters have strong accents; prefer something upbeat, fast-paced, light, funny.