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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
79
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Profound

See it if You like shows with historical contemt. Loved the music played by a solo violinist

Don't see it if If ypu are looking for a musical or comedy

During previews
71
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if an interesting historical story; Act 1 is the Heifetz part (he's barely in Act 2); the acting is very good and the show flies by

Don't see it if Want a big cast, not interested in the history or the music of Heifetz

During previews
77
Absorbing, Slow, Good message, Thought-provoking

See it if You know it’s a dialogue piece. Teaches a little history and exposes you to emotions of the characters about Israel. Act 2 is quite moving.

Don't see it if Could use some drama, especially in the first act. I did enjoy the use of violin and message of your art having a positive effect on others.

During previews
56
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if you can endure talk, talk, talk without much point. Whatever the underlying intent was, it did not make a statement or grab one's attention

Don't see it if You are looking for theater that makes you think about what is one the stage rather than what could have been. Missed opportunity

During previews
69
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a linear play that depicts a moment in history and [allegedly] its impact years later.

Don't see it if You don't like talky plays that are trying to make a point [this didn't quite do it].

During previews
70
Interesting failure, important subject matter, misguided direction, inadequate script and so-so acting

See it if you are interested in political history and musical legends -the subject of Heifetz and the Sharrett's role in Israel's birth is fascinating

Don't see it if you abhor slow, low action plays that are over-intellectualized and somewhat bloodless- the intent of the writer while good is not realized.

Also there is nothing worse than pretension without chops. This play needs ... Read more Read less

During previews
49
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
82
Clever, Show for people who care, Great acting, Intelligent, Sometimes slow

See it if You like small production (4 actors on stage), interesting in history of Israel, and want to see talented acting

Don't see it if Do not like small production, accents on stage, intelligent play and you are anti-Semite

During previews
65
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You can follow confusing plot and you don’t mind a very slow second act

Don't see it if You want something easy to follow and entertaining

During previews
49
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
78
Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Talky, historical

See it if Have interest in history, Heifetz, music, Israel. You read playbill first to know who the people are, & understand thought behind the play

Don't see it if You don't like trivial historical theater Have no interest in music, general history, or Israel. If you expect to be totally engaged.

During previews
88
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Israel and music themed work.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fast paced drama.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if An intelligent play that imagine the conversations of men who have contributed to the birth of the state of Israel with their talent,

Don't see it if If you do not like intellectual conversation

Also and virtuosity (Mr. Heifetz); activism, and artistic creativity (Mr. Y... Read more Read less

During previews
63
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if you are interested in Israel and its culture. This is the story of how the country found its music...or something like that.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with accents or have a problem with Israel.

During previews
71
Great acting, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You are very familiar with the history of the establishing of the state of Israel. The acting is top-notch. If I could I'd give a Tony to

Don't see it if You could care less about a musical legend that affects two men you may have never heard about before.

Also Each of the male leads The play, however, is confusing It wants to say... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Intelligent, Great violinist

See it if You like plays related to Israel. Violinist very talented

Don't see it if You prefer fast moving plays

During previews
52
Slow, Cliched

See it if A so-so play that feels more like an essay on history. The violinist is good, wish there was more of her.

Don't see it if Not very well written or interesting the way the story is presented.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if Care about the inspirational power of music, the early history of Israel, enjoy intimate, spare theater.

Don't see it if You need complex plots, elaborate staging, couldn’t care less about Israel and aren’t entertained by complex philosophical plots.

During previews
68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Interesting, Boring

See it if you love cherry lane theatre and if you like historically based plays.

Don't see it if you like cohesive scripts.. first and second act did not connect. heifetz character was disappointing while moshe and yehuda were interestin

During previews
85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if If you enjoy historical dramas and value the arts as an integral and important part of life.

Don't see it if If you cannot tolerate a play with more conversation than action.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy thought provoking drama related to the development of the State of Israel and the influence of music on our lives.

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals more than drama. Though music is incorporated, this is not a musical. You dislike historical storytelling

During previews
60
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Tedious, Insufficient

See it if for a small slice of history told as a before and after with some fine acting

Don't see it if the lack of depth and information gap, falls short and you expect something more fulfilling.

During previews
75
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like historical plays set before and after WWII dealing with music, art and Israel.

Don't see it if you don't like history, music and Israel.

During previews
72
Slow, Great acting, Profound, Verbose, Intelligent

See it if you want an intriguing historical perspective on the founding of state of Israel. Don't bother if you don't. The play lacks universal appeal

Don't see it if you don't want to get immersed in a very wordy play. I found my mind wandering, but really enjoyed the parts that I bothered to focus on

During previews
90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in the creation of the State of Israel. Thought provoking. Well acted.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Israel.


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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