Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart
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Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart NYC Reviews and Tickets

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About the Show

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century explores Tchaikovsky's unique relationship with his patroness in a theatrical production featuring Piano Trio in A minor and some of his most moving songs.

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Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
June 1st, 2018

"A compelling play with music...Slotnick and Walker share the stage without actually talking directly to each other. The conceit largely works...Often the music interrupts the narrative flow, with Slotnick and Walker awkwardly trying to appear lost in deep thoughts...Despite these flaws, 'None but the Lonely Heart' makes us understand the enduring appeal of Tchaikovsky and von Meck’s story — and suggests their correspondence amounts to a spellbinding shared body of work."
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Theatermania
May 31st, 2018

"Chamber music has never been this sexy...Wolf has done a better job of making these letters dramatic than she did in 'Van Gogh's Ear'...It also helps to have two actors like Slotnick and Walker, who endow their body language with dynamic meaning during the extended musical passages...As in previous ERC shows, the musicians are the real knockout stars...Delightfully novel, completely unforgettable theatrical concert."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 31st, 2018

"The Ensemble for the Romantic Century and its executive artistic director Eve Wolf come as close as they have in their three productions this season at successfully realizing a creative mission of bringing together multiple art forms into a singular dramatic concert format...Slotnick and Walker handle their roles with charm, grace, and flair...More importantly, they both lean in and listen to the interspersed performances of Tchaikovsky's music by a first-rate trio at center stage."
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New York Stage Review
May 31st, 2018

"The audience hears the emotions expressed that Tchaikovsky and von Meck are only partially able to reveal. That the musicians are expert at their instruments means they prove Wolf’s implicit belief beyond questioning...Wolf may be making assumptions...As aided by the actors and musicians, under Donald T. Sanders’ direction—she’s goes a long way towards proving the familiar argument about how profoundly none but lonely hearts deal with their constricted experiences."
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TheaterScene.net
June 4th, 2018

"The rather unemotional (but elegant) reading of their letters by Joey Slotnick as Tchaikovsky and Shorey Walker as Mme. Von Meck in period costume...(and looking exactly like photographs of the two) is a shorthand for their relationships as we get only snippets of what was a 1,200 letter correspondence, leaving tremendous gaps in chronology. While Tchaikovsky refers to his 'secret' (i.e. his homosexuality) in his letters to her, he never actually tells her this defining trait in his life."
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Theater Pizzazz
June 1st, 2018

"While von Meck is most effectively portrayed by Shorey Walker, she had far less with which to work than did her splendid male counterpart, Joey Slotnick...Donald T Sanders was the superb director...Daniel Mantei was the exquisite dancer...As to the music: Most of the choices were more fitting for a chamber concert at Juilliard than for a theatrical-musical biography of arguably Russia’s greatest and most versatile composer."
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T
June 1st, 2018

"Will be prized by aficionados of classical music…A play…only by the loosest definition, at least three quarters of its two acts being a concert by three remarkably gifted musicians… Tchaikovsky and von Meck act out their letters…by looking anywhere but at each other, since the essence of their relationship was that they never actually met…With so much…virtuosity on display, flowery words spoken by merely ordinary actors are bound to sound more banal than when read silently to oneself."
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Gotham Playgoer
June 10th, 2018

"Dancer Mantei ably executes a few numbers he choreographed for the postage-stamp size stage, but I was too concerned about the possibility of injury dancing in such a tight space to fully enjoy his contribution...The direction by Sanders is fluid...The very idea of playing it in sections and reading letters between variations in its second movement would normally enrage me, but somehow it works here...If you are a Tchaikovsky fan, you will find much to enjoy; if not, this is not for you."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
June 1st, 2018

"The music in itself provides delight, thanks to the selections from the Tchaikovsky repertoire and excellent performances by a trio...What is particularly good about the program is that the story is just enough on which to base the music and provide a sketchy but intimate portrait...All of the ingredients are blended so smoothly that one can readily give oneself over to the mood established and maintained during the two acts and experience the joy of listening to a compelling concert."
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W
June 1st, 2018

"Whatever caveats I have about the production itself, musicians Zyzak, Evan, and Ji are more than worth the price of a ticket. The first rate, symbiotic trio...interpret Tchaikovsky with power, nuance, vigor, and comprehension...Every minute enhances. Transporting...Disconnected facial expression is the tip of the iceberg in this widely misdirected piece...The two matter-of-fact performances sit oddly in a production filled with theatrical sturm und drang."
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M
June 5th, 2018

“In between the pieces of text are several of Tchaikovsky’s chamber pieces and songs, certainly not his most familiar works, but thrilling to hear, especially the lengthy segments from his Piano Trio in A minor. With its rapturous lyricism and shattering crescendos, it is resplendently performed by three musicians...it makes for great theatre simply to watch them...Against the show’s dramatic deficiencies, it is Tchaikovsky’s music which keeps you enthralled.”
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TheaterScene.com
June 6th, 2018

“A beautiful look at Tchaikovsky’s music and his deepest relationships, his passion and, yes, his loneliness...Deeply dramatic...A magnificently performed chamber music concert...Staggeringly good performance by the musicians, violinist Zyzak, pianist Ji, and cellist Evan. This trio takes these works and wring them dry of every last minim of emotion...The difficult, beautiful songs! So feelingly sung, and so appropriately chosen, and so much the perfect last word.”
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