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 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 !
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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