Ensemble for the Romantic Century brings to life the story of conductor Arturo Toscanini who bravely opposed Fascism in Italy and America, in this solo drama with music starring John Noble. More…
Toscanini refusal to perform in Italy and Germany, and his trips to Palestine to conduct an orchestra made up of Jewish refugees made headlines around the world. Drawing on his passionate letters to his lover, the young Italian pianist Ada Mainardi, along with music by his contemporaries, this theatrical experience shows us that even during one of the darkest chapters in human history, an artist’s voice can be heard.
See it if you want to see a good performance, but ineffective play. The ensemble of musicians are wonderful and John Noble plays Toscanini well.
Don't see it if you don't like classical music. There are more music scenes than dialogue. Writing not challenging enough to take advantage of great actor.
See it if you enjoy classical music. Story and acting are ok but nothing special. It rambles but is interesting to a degree
Don't see it if you are looking for a thorough, well paced bio play.This drags. Too much music, too little story.
See it if you like classical music (more concert than play), you are interested in Toscanini or in Nazi history and its effects on Italian citizens.
Don't see it if you expect a plays and are not interested in a musical concert or you are sensitive to Italian Nazi history and its effects.
See it if I am not learned in classical music. Went more for the story & history. I was knocked out by the musicians, fantastic.
Don't see it if Toscanini character was a drag. Repeatedly spoke similar words to a photo of his lost love. yawn. Where the real anti Nazi drama?
See it if Well-told, interesting synopsis of Toscanini's life coupled with marvelous music in the hands of wonderful musicians especially the pianist.
Don't see it if The music, while beautiful, did not always add to or move the story along. If you're not interested in history or biography.
See it if You want to hear chamber music you likely haven't heard before, exquisitely played; you like an impressionist piece of multimedia theater
Don't see it if You want a linear plot (or any plot), you actually want to learn about Toscanini and what made him great
See it if If you like classical music played by very talented young musicians and if it doesn't bother you that the music bears little in the plot.
Don't see it if you really want to know something about Toscanini or if you'd like to see the actor playing him actually have some idea how to conduct music
See it if You love classical music and enjoy hearing live performers.
Don't see it if THe script is lacking and the main actor overacts. If you can get a cheap ticket, go.
See it if You enjoy gorgeous chamber music and some really interesting and at times beautiful projections.
Don't see it if You expect the story of Toscanini to develop into anything. Go into this expecting some lovely music with a few facts about Toscanini.
See it if As usual, ERC's arty adapt is more potent musically than dramatically The well performed interludes hold interest esp. a great trumpet solo
Don't see it if Nothing about Toscanini's life is developed; his lifespan turned into a historical slideshow Furthered impeded by Noble's lame performance
See it if you’d like to attend a recital of chamber music by Verdi & post-Romantic composers not so often heard anymore & can overlook the rest.
Don't see it if you are looking for a drama.
See it if for John Noble's charming performance. When he spoke to the audience as if we were his orchestra, I wished I could play an instrument
Don't see it if you are not fond of classical music. More than half of the performance is concert.
See it if You enjoy non-traditional storytelling. You like classical music. You have some familiarity w/Toscanini. You want great musical performances
Don't see it if You prefer more dialogue-driven storytelling: this is a concert w/monologues delivered to the audience. You don't like classical music.
See it if you enjoy a drama using music and video to tell the story of a very talented and courageous man, Arturo Toscanini.Very clever use of music.
Don't see it if you do not like classical music or are not interested in Toscanini's life.
See it if Love classical music performed between attempts at dramaturgy. Want to consider inner life of a great artist, even if actor/script can't,
Don't see it if Want actual narrative, don't mind a lead who mumbles &/or overacts, can't watch stories re rise of fascism. Prefer just listening 2 music.
See it if You like great music with a boring "story" mixed in. Great use of projections to engage the eye during the musical moments
Don't see it if If you want a story. This was a one man show with music and I could have done without the man. The lack of story made it hard to care.
See it if You want a wonderful theatre experience. Nearly flawless! Speaker system issues. A great history lesson you probably didn’t get in school
Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason. Live music. Rhapsody in Blue is surprisingly super. It’s music history as well as a history lesson. Love if it!
See it if Music recital with reenactment of Toscanini’s opposition to fascism, projections orient time & place, headlines tell of Jews fleeing Europe.
Don't see it if You are not a classical music lover. Hard to hear actor from back rows.
See it if The chamber music is fine, though Rhapsody In Blue is only tangential to Toscanini. The monologues are instructive if a bit snoozy.
Don't see it if Australian actor John Noble's Italian accent is difficult to understand at times. The projections and titles give a compact history of WWII