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 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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