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My Parsifal Conductor

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Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

About the show

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."

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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.


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking

68
Ambitious, Overrated, Disappointing, Slow

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

Also Although I was disappointed by My Parsifal Conductor overall, there ar... Read more Read less

64
Ambitious, Great acting, Historical, Timely, Thought-provoking

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

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

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.

Also The show tries hard to tell us something about tolerance for those who... Read more Read less

52
Indulgent, Tedious, Dizzying

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.

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68
Overrated, Slow, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if If you want a show about Wagner , that has some good moments.

Don't see it if a show that is way too long, a show that needs to be cut at least 30 minutes. If you have no interest in Wagner.

During previews
60
Slow, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Well acted

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

Also Hard to know what is real & what is fiction, didn't really get to know... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Clever, Slow, Banal, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You're interested in Wagner and anti-Semitism and all that. It certainly left me wondering more about all of the history.

Don't see it if At times it feels like this is a safe way for people to say things that are normally shocking. It's a bit uncomfortable.

During previews
63
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow, Not at all funny, Interesting set

See it if you're interested in Wagner/the opera Parcival; like historical dramas; like new plays; want to see some excellent, innovative staging.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a comedy as the advertising suggested.

Also Parts of this COULD have been funny in a slapstick way, but there was ... Read more Read less

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60
Disappointing, Slow, Banal

See it if If you love opera trivia and anecdotes about Wagner's life.

Don't see it if You like realistic portrayals of historic characters or are looking for something to make you think or gain a different perspective

During previews
65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Insipid, Intelligent, Indulgent

See it if you are interested in the great composer Wagner and his anti-semitic views.

Don't see it if you want to see a well directed, well written play about Wagner.

During previews
55
Banal, Confusing, Excruciating, Slow, Not funny

See it if You'd like a poor play that toys with Wagner's antisemitism and Nietzsche while Cosima Wagner asks "angels" (audience) to save her. We can't

Don't see it if You dislike Jew-hatred (undisguised or otherwise) and also weak plays.

Also I've rarely seen a less funny "comedy" than this. Definitely not an am... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You want to see great talent in a show that is not too good. This is not really a comedy. Confusing script.

Don't see it if You want a nite out to see good theater. The good actors are trapped with bad direction...too slow and too long...

During previews
55
Long, Unnecessary, Mediocre

See it if you like historical theater, are a hardcore "Wagner-ite" or enjoy pointless plays that are an hour overlong with mostly unlikable characters

Don't see it if you're expecting complex characters, or an honest treatment of Wagner's notorious antisemitism, based on what is a historical footnote...

During previews
69
Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the background story of Wagner and his masterpiece Parsifal.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with plays that deal with the subject of antisemitism.

During previews
50
Funny, Lovely theater, Too many tricks

See it if you want constant surprises and bizarre scenes.

Don't see it if you wish to be entertained and informed.

During previews
55
Slow, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you like Wagner and must see everything connected with him. We watched the 1st preview, though, maybe it is condensed by now.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear about anti-Semitism and want to go home early (play was way too long and slow in first preview)

During previews
62
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like historical drama with a musical theme. Very good actors and terrific technical aspects

Don't see it if You like well-written plays that tell their story concisely and engagingly.

During previews
55
Ambitious, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if You're interested in the life of Shubert & his life & don't mind an ambitious portrayal that's a little rough around the edges.

Don't see it if you won't be forgiving of these actors who give a weak script their all. It just missed the mark. Better editing would've helped.

During previews
65
Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want a masterclass in acting: this cast is really good and make this a stimulating evening.

Don't see it if You get too frustrated by plays that are uneven, because you have to focus so much through the meaningful and the meaningless.

Also It just wasn’t a great play...it reminded me of Saint Joan, which has ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Fine cast, Overbearing concept

See it if you are going for the performances. The script is a bit of an endurance test.

Don't see it if you're expecting a comedy. Even though it is billed as such, there aren't many laughs in store.

Also Unfortunately, the premise of this play is not worthy of an evening of... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Indulgent, Slow, Cliched

See it if You are interested in Cosima Wagner and her blatant German anti-semitism. Clever appearances of Ludwig, and neitchize. Interesting lightin

Don't see it if You don’t want to be reminded of the poison of antisemitism that permeated culture in Germany

During previews
60
Disappointing, Silly, good acting,

See it if you are interested in some historical facts about Wagner's antisemitism and his Jewish conductor.

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious presentation of the facts or a comedy.

Also Although the acting was good, the presentation of the story felt child... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy great acting despite the subject

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable watching blatant anti-semitism

During previews
65
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow

See it if if you like plays based on some historical facts good acting

Don't see it if you don t like plays that are very slow moving...anti semitism theme overdone

During previews
50
Intense, Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Excruciating

See it if 2nd act better than 1st - one might learn a lot about the Wagners and the relationships with other people and true situations

Don't see it if Show listed as comedy and isn't really funny - it's about anti-Semitism and can be rather off-putting, even offensive in present form

Also This was the first preview in front of a real audience so it might be ... Read more Read less


October 12th, 2018
“'My Parsifal Conductor’ is billed as ‘a Wagnerian comedy,’ and while Leicht's script may contain a few more laughs than there are in 'Götterdämmerung,' it's director Robert Kalfin's light comedic touches played by a terrific cast that make the evening fly. The current Off-Broadway production...i...
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October 19th, 2018
“Not only ardent Wagnerites should be appalled; the trouble isn't the decision to mine their lives for laughter...But there's a difference between low humor and second-rate clowning, a distinction that is apparently lost on everyone here...Silly as it is, at least Act I has a conflict to dramatiz...
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October 11th, 2018
"'My Parsifal Conductor,' subtitled 'a Wagnerian Comedy'...Except for a few low key chuckles from a few women in back of me at the press preview I attended, that subtitle was apparently as much a misnomer for my fellow viewers as it was for me...Leicht's researched facts do indicate that 'My Pars...
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October 12th, 2018
“A broad comedy based on the true story...The comic turbulence is over-extended and the writing could use more wit. But there are very funny sequences...It could use some trimming, but delving into the true situation and giving it a broad comic interpretation is imaginative and mostly entertainin...
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