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Tchaikovsky: None But the Lonely Heart

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Intelligent, Clever

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. More…

In a strange relationship that lasted fourteen years and that was conducted exclusively through letters, Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck were united through the invincible power of a disembodied love in which they both found refuge. Plagued with doubts about the greatness of his music, tormented by the fear of discovery of his homosexuality, and trapped in a marriage to a woman who was eventually committed to an insane asylum, Tchaikovsky found in von Meck an “invisible angel.”

Member Reviews (31)


Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Intelligent, Clever
Avg Score

Great musicians, Quirky, Absorbing, Creative, Ambitious

See it if you love the music of Tchaikovsky and want to learn more about his biography through his correspondence with Nadezhda von Meck.

Don't see it if you don't like classical music and don't like epistolary plays.

Also The young musicians are all wonderful. Hearing them play is worth the ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if Lovely concert within the historically based life of Tchaikovsky. Very talented cast of actors and musicians. A delightful evening.

Don't see it if Do no see if you are not a fan of classical musical.

Poignant, Intelligent, Insightful, Emotional

See it if you would like to know more about Tchaikovsky and to hear many of his obscure pieces. Joey Slotnick is terrific in the title role.

Don't see it if You don't care about the composer, or if singing in Russian gets on your nerves. This piece was well worth the time and effort, however.

Slow, Romantic

See it if Enjoy chamber music and wish to have it presented in a different format by having a play written around it. Still absorbing letters.

Don't see it if Need a full story. The music does overshadow any acting/dialogue.

Great music, Concert with a play, Slow

See it if you enjoy classical music and watch to see Tchaikovsky's work performed by three passionate musicians

Don't see it if you are expecting a play about Tchaikovsky's life. This felt more like a variation of "Love Letters" in between classical music pieces.

Also This show was not what I expected it to be and therefore left me feeli... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Small and elegant, a story that touches the heart. Incredible musicians.

Don't see it if No reason not to.

Enchanting, Delightful, Ambitious, Profound, Exquisite

See it if You want to see music, drama and dance in two acts. The music is great and thx tenor is a delight. Also the two actors reading do well

Don't see it if You want a play with actual musical numbers. If you want a play with an interacting script

Entertaining, Great music, Educational

See it if You enjoy classical music and/or want to know about Tchaikovsky.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy classical music. The show was a combination of a concert and a play.

Interesting, Talented performers, Repetitive

See it if you like chamber music concerts. This is one, based on Tchaikovsky's Trio and few other works. In between some actors read letters. Gets old

Don't see it if you're not into classical music, expect more of a traditional play, or dislike 'educational' theater.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in an intriguing evening of music, dance, and storytelling within a Salon like setting. Fascinating facts revealed about

Don't see it if You dislike classical music. This is not your typical Broadway musical or drama

Also One of our better known classical virtuosos. The theater is small and ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like a music with a play as opposed to a play with music.

Don't see it if If you don't like classical music, which is most of the play with some story added.

Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy classical music with very talented musicians

Don't see it if prefer cheerful musicals with song and dance

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you don't know about the relationship btw Tchaikovsky and von Meck and you love classical music

Don't see it if long segments of classical music bore you or if you want real emotional depth

Also I really wanted to love this show and I did in fact love the music: br... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You are moved by Tchaikovsky or are curious about him and his work. This is a gorgeous concert wrapped around a tragic tale of homophobia.

Don't see it if You dislike classical music, great young musicians, a fine tenor voice, an excellent ballet dancer, good acting and a tragic tale.

Remarkable musicians, Unique blend of chamber music and theatre, Enlightening

See it if You love classical music, are curious about the life and story of Tchaikovsky, and enjoy salon-like theatrical experiences

Don't see it if You prefer action-filled drama or do not like chamber music

Absorbing, Enchanting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to know more stories about Tchaikovsky and what affect his personality, and you want to enjoy some nice music, singing and dancing

Don't see it if you don't like Tchaikovsky or you prefer shows with large stage.

Romantic, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you love fine musicianship, singing, dancing, acting, staging, costumes, writing,...

Don't see it if you dislike all of the above.

Also as enchanting and entertaining an evening as I have experienced in qui... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if A show that covers many different ARTs.

Don't see it if Not in orchestrations, vocalizations or dance.

Resonant, Masterful, Intelligent, Enchanting, Profound

See it if you are a fan of classical music.

Don't see it if you don't like classical music.

Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if great show

Don't see it if you don't like music

During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great music, Clever, Innovative

See it if you like classical music live on stage, curious about Tchaikovsky & his patroness, enjoy mix of music, solo dance, solo voice & play

Don't see it if don't like plays pausing for classical music interlude or based on letters between parties no interest in composer's chamber music or songs

Also The performance by the onstage chamber trio is remarkable. This unusua... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if Fully staged and costumed baroque concert w/ opera, ballet, violin, cello, and Steinway. Letters read w/ interludes of languid artful music

Don't see it if Concert is in forefront with all the ballet moves, opera, strings, and a Steinway on a cramped studio stage. Don't expect a "Love Letters"

During previews
A marvelous concert w a side of acting - what music lover wouldn't love this?

See it if fine trio w star pianist + dancer, singer perform thrilling Tchaik chamber music, w actors illustrate volatile Tchaik-patroness relationship

Don't see it if not much of a play - actors portray Tchaik & patroness by reading their uber-emotional ltrs; dancing not work on tiny cluttered stage

During previews
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are interested one of the oddest relationships in musical history, between Tchaikovsky and his patroness, von Meck. Absolutely wonderful

Don't see it if you do not like classical music.

Also This is the third in a series, the other two about Van Gogh and Mary S... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You want an incomplete arts education about Tchaikovsky In one performance.

Don't see it if Like me you are hoping to see the drama of Tchaikovsky’s life as a play rather than a musical recital with narrative. The play

Also I hoped see wound up as extensive program notes. I imagined Zoe Caldwe... Read more Read less

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 bu...
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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 previ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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