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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
98
Must see, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Musicals are not your thing and a play with substance is what you are craving. Mr.Lochtefeld was superb .

Don't see it if A slow, finely acted bit of history is not what you wish to witness in your leisure time. To each his own, but it will be your loss !

During previews
75
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you are a history buff and enjoy fictional dramatizations of what might have occurred.The haunting melody in the background only enhances it

Don't see it if accents are hard for you to decipher or if you prefer your history not to be fictionalized or if large productions are preferred

During previews
60
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Six ideas in search of a play, it tries to say something profound about Jews, Zionism, grief, music, and art, but it falls way short.

Don't see it if It lacks energy, depth, dramatic tension, sufficient backstory, or character development. Not fully formed, but it could be salvaged.

Also The violinist was excellent. Had she played only, dayenu.

During previews
55
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting, Banal

See it if are interested in the history of the modern state of Israel.

Don't see it if you want to see a play about Jascha Heifetz or are looking for a lot of music.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Beautiful theater, Talented violinist

See it if you're a fan of any member of the cast or are fascinated by works centering around small, seemingly insignificant conversations

Don't see it if you're looking for something stimulating. Honestly, I was far more curious about all of the interesting events this play glosses over

During previews
63
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if Beautiful live performance of violin showcased on stage and built in between lines.

Don't see it if The accent, the slow pace, a late payoff all contributed to an experience that wasn’t so worthwhile despite the earnest performance.

Also Free sushi truck after the show was lovely which makes this review fee... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like a bit of history, a bit of music, and some fine acting with a beautiful and moving story

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced or flashy.

During previews
64
Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you like interesting staging and fluid plots

Don't see it if like a clear plot line

During previews
70
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid

See it if You want to hear beautiful violin playing and are interested in heifitz and history of israel

Don't see it if You do not like violin playing on stage and youre looking for a play with an interesting plot.

During previews
78
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Pretty violin music

See it if You like are interested in the founding of the state of Israel and how music can play a part in joining people together.

Don't see it if you don't like small, quiet plays that are mostly conversational.

Also The violinist was terrific and added some depth to the production.

During previews
61
Banal, Confusing, Cliched

See it if , you have an interest in Palestinian and pre Israel

Don't see it if You expect to hear any great violin music reminiscent of heifiz

During previews
30
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You must see any show at all related to Israel and/or Heifitz

Don't see it if You like good stories, well written and engaging. This one is slow, talky and preachy.

During previews
70
Ambitious, Confusing, Great staging, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if If you like shows based on possible true events and do not mind the author linking facts together

Don't see it if If you do not want to see plays about holocaust, state of Israel

During previews
77
Thought-provoking, Talky, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you are stimulated by philosophical discussions about music, virtuosity, ego, Jewish/Israeli identity, loss, and personal responsibility.

Don't see it if philosophy bores you, you don't care about the 20th-century Jewish resettlement of Palestine, you can't follow heavily accented English.

Also Jascha Heifetz is best known as a virtuosic Russian violinist and show... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Resonant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if a well-acted play about Israeli history and how important music can be might interest you

Don't see it if you want a more dramatic less talky play.

During previews
71
Great staging, Profound, Slow, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You like plays, history based stores. Specifically about music and Israel

Don't see it if Have no interest in Israel's history or stories about it. Want a comedy or a musical. I would have liked more of the violinist performanc

During previews
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy on in depth conversations about music and community. The violinist and actors were good. It taught me some history about Israel.

Don't see it if You don't care to hear about the inner thoughts of musicians or Jewish history. This play is 2 long conversations, so not much plot.

Also Since I am a singer and song writer, I really liked the subject matter... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Confusing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in a timely relevant subject about the power of music to elevate . We’re curious about the title and heifitz’s presence.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the history of Jew. Don’t see you if you want an easy subject to follow.

Also The accents were a bit difficult to understand. There didn’t seem to b... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense

See it if you are interested in the early days of Israel's development and you are intrigued by the intersection of culture, music and identity

Don't see it if you seek a show with more action than lots of speeches at other characters. Too much 'talking heads' staging.

Also I wanted to like this show so much but it just didn't come together su... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in the optimism and hope of the prewar Zionist movement. Then the sadness post WWII.

Don't see it if you don't like characters in a play making speeches rather than talking to each other. Well intentioned but lacking in drama.

During previews
50
Boring

See it if you like theater made of endless static 2-person conversations

Don't see it if you don't like the above. Also if you expect a play about Heifetz. He's just the catalyst here.

During previews
69
Intelligent, Relevant, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you are interested in the history of the founding of the state of Israel, the role of music, enjoy good violin, the story of Heifetz.

Don't see it if you are not interested in history, Israel and music

During previews
81
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Slow

See it if You enjoy explorations of human interactions as well as how music can be interpreted in different ways

Don't see it if Like fast paced high energy shows or don't want to understand history from a different perspective

Also Excellent music from the violinist and interesting twist with the phon... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Great acting, Slow, Great writing, Disappointing, Dated

See it if You do not mind slow plays with more dialogue than action.

Don't see it if You want a lively production or musical.

During previews
75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if Enjoy talky-history and interested in Jewish history

Don't see it if not interested in Jewish history/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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