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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
90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like GOOD DRAMA

Don't see it if You do not like very wordy drama.

During previews
93
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like historical pieces about Israeli history in the early 1900s and post ww2. Acting excellent especially yehuda sharett.

Don't see it if If you don’t like a piece about the history of kibbutz music

Also Held my attention from the onset. Focus was on lesser know composer y.... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if interested in the power of music to heal the soul, and how great Vioinist Heifetz and composer Sharett added to the culture of Israel.

Don't see it if You are not into music or esoteric historical stories.

During previews
50
Thought-provoking, Slow, Musical

See it if Enjoy historical fiction

Don't see it if You want mindless entertainment

During previews
70
Absorbing

See it if The ticket price is reasonable. It’s a thin story but absorbing enough.

Don't see it if You can’t understand accents, or if it’s a full price ticket

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if An interesting journey of personal development, in the context of a changing time. Interesting perspectives on ego and leadership.

Don't see it if If you are unwilling to read the background provided in the program booklet and are unfamiliar with the location and point in time.

During previews
61
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are into the story and don’t mind monologues

Don't see it if The highlight was Mariella Haubs,the violinist. I think the delivery was like long monolues versus a spirited conversation back and forth.

During previews
93
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you appreciate great acting, intimate pieces in intimate spaces, and plays about the 'big issues' of life.

Don't see it if you like fluff pieces.

Also This gem needs to go to Broadway! A beautiful play, about the importan... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if you're interested: in the history of the beginning of the state of Israel; in the life of Jascha Heifetz; how music can counter depression

Don't see it if you don't want a play with modest ambitions

During previews
85
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you love strong dialogue about the meaning of music and it's impact on the creation of the Israel nation. Excellent acting by a small cast.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with Yiddish or Jewish music. The actors show authentic mannerim and there are many cultural asides and observations.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy discussion-oriented theater

Don't see it if you're looking for dramatic action

During previews
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see a life affirming play with two acts that book end World War 2 and how music has amazing healing abilities.

Don't see it if If you're only looking for musicals or trite fluff

Also The acting is phenomenal and the characters beyond believable. Some pe... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you feel like you could change the world

Don't see it if you're tired


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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