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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
74
Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're interested in the ramifications of drawing national boundaries and the effect of it on everyday citizens.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something lighter and more uplifting.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Clever, Great acting

See it if You love human stories...

Don't see it if You want if you don’t want to think during or after a show

During previews
90
Ambitious, Informative, Great script, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like dramas based on factual material

Don't see it if you prefer something light and fluffy.

Also Quite well done. Very professional. The violinist is superb.

During previews
75
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy learning little known facts about Jewish history. Acting was great, main character showed growth /maturity as the play progressed

Don't see it if you like action and noise. This is a thinking type of play.

During previews
71
Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you care about Israeli history, chatter about music's essence, and what it means to be a Jew. . . & if you don't mind conversational theater

Don't see it if you rather skip or run with Heifetz. There's little physical action, which doesn't mean you won't be highly moved at times.

During previews
72
Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Slow, Confusing

See it if If you are interested in the subject matter

Don't see it if you prefer plays with a plot and lots of action. .

Also This is a poignant, moving play but it is mostly conversation that req... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Ambitious, Slow, Music-centric

See it if You love music's ability to transport the soul and/or you like historical dramas

Don't see it if You're not a music lover or a history buff

During previews
50
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if If you like plays with a lot of philosophical talking with little plot or action, or if you're REALLY into violin playing.

Don't see it if You really need a plot to follow.

During previews
89
Absorbing, Great acting, Enchanting, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if I did not know about the characters and their historical references which I enjoyed. It’s charming and the violinist is a plus.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays about history or are more edgy.

During previews
67
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you're looking for a piece with a large amount of language and a late pay off.

Don't see it if you're a stickler for accent-work, not a fan of wordy pieces.

During previews
89
Absorbing, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if like something thought provoking and touching - interested in israeli history but more than that - it's a human story

Don't see it if you're looking for action & dislike talky stories

During previews
92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like historical drama, have Jewish or Israeli roots, or like shows based on music (Altho it is not exactly a musical)

Don't see it if You’re not into nonfiction, or if you’re looking for a fast moving plot.

During previews
78
Absorbing, Great writing, Intense

See it if Like a well written historical play that has to do with Israel and Heifetz and the period of WWII.

Don't see it if You .want a musical comedy

During previews
80
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever, Masterful

See it if You like thoughtful writing grounded in history. Plays that incorporate wordless music as a kind of Greek chorus. intimate show, small cast.

Don't see it if You're looking for lots of action or flashy production values.

During previews
75
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Israeli history & Jewish culture are interesting to you. Artful way to include violin music in drama.

Don't see it if Are thinking it will be about Mr Heifetz.

During previews
81
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Profound

See it if If you don't mind waiting for the 1st act to end. The 2nd act is incredibly absorbing, wonderfully acted, and very moving.

Don't see it if You don't want to know anything about middle eastern politics or only like big budget productions.

During previews
76
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Slow

See it if You're interested in historical plays, violin performance, plays with music, and/or Israel.

Don't see it if You don't like shows with small casts, you will be bothered by not understanding some Hebrew or Arabic, or you want lots of action.

During previews
78
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you want to explore the difference between idiocracy and talent.

Don't see it if you are expecting a story of and don’t know who Mr Heifetz is.

During previews
74
Dated, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you love music and are intrigued with the thought of a walk with the great Mr. Heifetz

Don't see it if You expect an extraordinary insight into Heifetz and his life.

Also The use of a wonderful violinist in a subtle but exquisite background ... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Absorbing, Clever, Well acted and staged., Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you like contemporary historical fiction about interesting characters and subjects.

Don't see it if you're not interested in classical music or contemporary history involving Israel and WWII Europe.

During previews
84
Clever, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You like historically based intelligent shows.

Don't see it if You only like big musicals.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like plays of ideas and violin music

Don't see it if You are not interested in Israel or music and do not enjoy plays about ideas

During previews
82
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You like plays with decent performances that give you a bit piece of history and delves into the importance of music.

Don't see it if You want elaborate stage production and story.

Also This first half of the play was charming, and I have to say I did enjo... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Resonant, Slow, Ambitious

See it if It's a nice piece that didn't leave me wanting more. It served it's purpose and was a good effort by the playwrite.

Don't see it if You want to be moved by an artistic expression.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like: historical thoughtful

Don't see it if you want comedy


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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