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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
71
Avg Score

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
40
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
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
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.

During previews
73
Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Slow, Thought-provoking

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

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
89
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

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.

Also I was very impressed with how the violinist, Mariella Haubs, found a w... Read more Read less


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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