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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."


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)


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

Beautifully designed but tedious & kind of pretentious

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.

Also The costumes and scenic, lighting & sound design are all impressive. E... Read more Read less

During previews
Excruciating, Slow, Offensive, Over-acted, Disappointing

See it if You are a fan of Richard Wagner. You want to see a story that depicts anti-semitism reflected through the Wagner’s eyes.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see blatant anti-semitism spoken about and laughed at over and over coming at you from a long tedious play.

During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You need to see good actors in good costumes performing a lousy play that insults their talents and steals your time.

Don't see it if You value your time, This is a badly written and directed play dealing with Wagner’s anti Semitism.

During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Just not funny

See it if you must see everything written about Wagner.

Don't see it if you are expecting a well written play about Wagner, Parsifal or Anti-Semitism. This is not it.

Also The premise of a comedy about Anti-Semitism is tasteless.

During previews
Poor directing, Poor acting, Amateurish, Boring, Poor script

See it if you are interested in stories about composer Richard Wagner, his contemporaries and anti-Semitism during this period of time.

Don't see it if you expect "professional" theater as far as script, direction and acting is concerned.

During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You must see anything related to Wagner and antisemitism

Don't see it if You don’t like overlong, overacted plays which teach little, offer little comedy, are repetitive and tedious.

During previews
Offensive, Cartoonish, Unique

See it if There is a fair amount of historical information regarding Wagner and the social mores present during the time he rose to fame

Don't see it if Although Wagner and Cosima were cartoon anti-Semites, they were NOT funny. Maestro Levi was also cartoonish in his shrugging acceptance.

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Slow, Banal

See it if you'd like to witness a 2hr show about Richard Wagner & his wife's anti-Semitic rants with an attempt at redemption at the end.

Don't see it if you cringe at listening to a slow play about the couple's racist views, attempting to make it absurd but failing miserably.

Also The play needs some serious editing. It is way too long and too confus... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You want to see an unfunny play on a serious topic that is over-acted and makes lots of historical references that it doesn’t quite explain.

Don't see it if You want this to be your introduction to Wagner, or to teach you about his life and times (or to learn about the anti-Semitic sentiment).

During previews
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Uncomfortable

See it if If you like blunt humor...maybe. But I still suggest seeing something else. I'm pretty sure this play will close shortly after opening.

Don't see it if It's a failed attempt to be funny. Full of anti-semitic slurs & confusing situations. Why did this need to be produced for an audience?

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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