The Steinberg Theater Group presents the world premiere of this Holocaust drama about a young Jewish girl forced to make a terrifying choice. More…
Loosely inspired by "The Terezin Diary of Gonda Redlich," this play tells the story of two Jewish girls–Alexi, a brilliant violin player, and her friend Violet–locked in a desperate struggle for survival at Terezin. After Violet mysteriously disappears, Alexi’s only hope to find her is with the help of a Nazi commander. He offers her a Faustian bargain: Teach him to play the violin and he will reveal Violet's whereabouts.
See it if A Topic that must be presented again and again... Interesting use of the stage and props. At least 3 in the cast must thank N.Y.U..
Don't see it if When upstage several of the actors do not project enough. A presentation not for the faint of heart.. My partner had to skip Act 2.
See it if You like plays set against historic events. You want to see the Tolkien play. You know someone involved in the production.
Don't see it if You want a Holocaust play w/something new to say. You want multi-dimensional characters, good storytelling & acting skills.
See it if You have a desire to see any and all productions about the holocaust; want to hear a lesser known story
Don't see it if You want a tight plot, compelling writing, or strong direction; however, the actors are committed to this very flawed play
See it if you are interested in a theatrical recount of generally real events at a lesser known Holocaust concentration camp, profound poetry/ insight
Don't see it if you demand perfection in plot and play structure, tight writing, dramatic tension, stark/shocking realism & no anachronisms/tired metaphors
See it if You're somehow compelled to see all plays that deal with the Holocaust, regardless of quality, intent or reason for existing.
Don't see it if You value your time, or want something more than simplistic melodrama.
See it if Bravo to a cast that is fully on-board to a relentlessly bleak play from start to finish; choreo has occasional moments approaching beauty
Don't see it if Difficult to endure; so dark as if reality of Terezin history couldn't allow for any redemption
See it if You want to experience what life was like in a concentration camp. Acting, staging and set design were stupendous. Tearful, heart-wrenching
Don't see it if If you want to smile and laugh. You don't like painful topics or stories about the 3rd Reich
See it if you can't get hold of Diary of Anne Frank, Schindler's List, The Pianist, Judgment at Nuremberg, or the like.
Don't see it if unless you buy into goldfish being the reincarnation of parents savagely killed by Nazis.
See it if The writer/director Tolkien, and the very talented cast have depicted the cruelty, deception, and the annihilation of Jewish adults and
Don't see it if you can handle play about concentration camps.
See it if J.R.R. Tolkein's magnetism is so powerful for you that you'd even attend a deeply flawed drama by his great-grandson.
Don't see it if you've ever seen Jerzy Grotowski or read Elie Wiesel or heard Felix Mendelssohn. There are plenty of other options on this same block.
See it if Terezin is the story of the Jews trying to survive in a concentration camp. Very well-acted and staged, but grim..
Don't see it if you want a comedy. The posters show the girl playing a violin; onstage a long scarf replaced the violin. Since it is such an important
See it if History, the Holocaust, identity, the roots of madness, big ideas presented in an innovative and metaphorical way interest you
Don't see it if You want a fun, light evening of theater
See it if If you are interested in holocaust and like innovative direction of plays
Don't see it if You are quite knowledgeable about holocaust and are looking for some unknown information .
See it if You are writing a research project about Holocaust-themed theater. Otherwise, don't. From start to finish it is cliched and poorly written,
Don't see it if You value your time or the dignity of the theater. I was shocked that Playwrights Horizons let this in the door.
See it if You want to see a unique story played-out. The production was a bit experimental, if that's something you like. The writing was scattered.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy tragedy.
See it if you appreciate Holocaust stories and art.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the Holocaust, and are not moved by typical Holocaust dramas, even though this is more powerful than most.