In the Directors Company's new comedy, musical genius Richard Wagner and wife Cosima find themselves in a dilemma when King Ludwig insists that the son of a rabbi, Hermann Levi, conduct the premiere of "Parsifal."
In this spin on real-life events, Maestro Levi must consider his complex relationship with the Wagners. Does Art have its “special needs,” after all? "My Parsifal Conductor" is the world premiere comedy that dares to probe that question. Written by Emmy and Writers Guild Winner Allan Leicht.
See it if you want to see a most un-Wagnerian light comedy/memory play about Cosima's death-bed attempt to absolve the Wagners of their anti-Semitism.
Don't see it if you want to avoid an overstuffed, overlong, overacted comedy; you're not at least peripherally familiar w/Wagner, Nietzsche & King Ludwig II
See it if you're an opera fan, esp. Wagner, curious re: history of Bayreuth & King Ludwig's role, & the Wagner's anti-semitism & Cosima's influence
Don't see it if you're not an opera fan or of Wagner specifically, have trouble with anti-Semites as main characters, don't like surreal situations
See it if You like plays that take a look at the deepest feelings of the characters and how these feelings can change the lives of these individuals
Don't see it if You want to see a play that doesn't deal with religion and and anti-semitism.
See it if You are interested in the history surrounding Wagner, and can tolerate anti-Semetic views expressed to emphasize their wrongness.
Don't see it if I was rather shocked to hear the viewpoints spouted by some characters, but understood why it was done.
See it if Wonderful performances by all actors; best use of a limited set on an assumed limited budget; timely topics of bias; expert play construct
Don't see it if assumes working knowledge of Wagner and his works; barely compelling for those with Wagnerian knowledge
See it if Want a great show that’s both funny and touching. Definitely exceeded my expectations- great acting and creative staging.
Don't see it if You don’t like historical plays or exploring the topic of antisemitism. The play drags a little, but overall it’s worth it.
See it if You like or are intrigued by Wagner, you enjoy plays about historical events, you like a play that is unexpectedly thoughtful
Don't see it if Discussions of anti-Semitism bore or offend you, you need to be wildy/loudly entertained
See it if You enjoy a drama loosely based on factual events regarding a highly sought after music conductor.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to shows with anti-semitism or don't enjoy shows loosely based on factual events.
See it if To learn more about the Wagners and also Herman Levi and their friendship over the years despite the Wagner's anti -semitism.
Don't see it if You are not interested in historical plays albeit this is more of a comedy,
See it if You are a Wagner fan or are interested in how otherwise intelligent people can pursue anti-Semitism or any form of irrational discrimination
Don't see it if You are looking for a strong plot with active, heroic characters.
See it if you like pretentious, humorless, overacted comedies about Wagner. Nietzsche and anti-semitism.
Don't see it if you don't like pretentious, humorless, overacted comedies about Wagner. Nietzsche and anti-semitism.
See it if You want to learn about Richard Wagner's life, enjoy historical shows, appreciate classical music and want to see a well-acted show
Don't see it if If you don't want to see a lot of blatant antisemitism. Although it was well acted and i'm told historically accurate it was very slow
See it if you're interested in Wagner or want to see great acting in a historical-ish drama
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with plays that deal with antisemitism. While some funny parts, I wouldn't call it a comedy. A little slow in parts
Also I had no idea what to expect going in, but really liked it.
See it if If you like plays (loosely) based on true stories. Not to be taken too seriously but to entertain.
Don't see it if If you don't like period pieces or are die-hard Wagner fans and don't want to see anything that might make fun of his legacy.
See it if You're willing to tolerate a tedious history lesson because of excellent design and production values.
Don't see it if You're not. Uberfans of Wagner and/or German history might be interested, but it's really not an engaging story as presented.
See it if you like Wagner, you like plays about historical figures, you like plays about social themes
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with anti-Semitic views and language, even though it's meant to point out their bigotry.
See it if you care about opera and the difficult question of the art vs. the artist, and you like light theater on important topics.
Don't see it if you hate anachronisms, have set opinions about Wagner (not that this will change anyone's mind), or expect this to be a musical or an opera.
See it if You’re interested in a humorous glimpse into the lives of Cosima & Richard Wagner and the evolution of German/ Jewish tensions.
Don't see it if You’re not interested in historical biopics or tragi-comedies with a dynamic female lead.
See it if You like to learn a little something with your entertainment. Offbeat humor mixed with surprisingly topical fictionalized history.
Don't see it if You can’t sit through a bit of an overly long play (though I couldn’t tell you what to cut), at almost two and a half hours.
See it if you like your history fractured, or have an interest in Jewish culture, or German culture, or are a Wagnerian, or an anti-Wagnerian.
Don't see it if you want your history plays to stick to the facts.
See it if you want a slice of quasi-history presented in a fun way with good acting and interesting set presented in a comfortable theater.
Don't see it if you do not like your history messed with or made fun of at the expense of real figures. Be prepared for a long two-act production.
See it if You enjoy plays based on historical figures. You have some familiarity with Wagner. You like plays that mix theatrical styles.
Don't see it if You want a play that commits to 1 style: the historic realism clashed w/the broad comedy. You're expecting a biography of Wagner.
See it if you have an interest in everything Wagner; you enjoy seeing shows in its infancy. Cosima & the conductor are well acted. Some funny bits.
Don't see it if you don't like snail paced plays with little to offer. I wanted more info, this is superficial, based more on religion than anything else