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Members say: Disappointing, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (56)


Disappointing, Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow
Avg Score

Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent

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.

Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Heavy-handed, Clever choreography

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.

Also Don't be fooled by the theatre or the playwright's name. This is a non... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intense, Excruciating, Absorbing

See it if You're up for a concentration camp evening.

Don't see it if If you don't like dark concentration camp settings

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

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

Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

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

Disappointing, Ambitious, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of smoltz.

Don't see it if you were hoping for the musical stage adaptation of the film Sophie's Choice.

Also From the moment, I walked into the theater,and saw the physical set, I... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ill-conceived

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.

Also To be fair, there is in fact a play—very likely quite a compelling one... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Slow

See it if you are all about seeing Holocaust related shows.

Don't see it if you don't already know a lot about the Holocaust.

Also I really wanted to like this, but it doesn't work. It's missing key ex... Read more Read less

Bleak, Relentless, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

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

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Masterful, Great acting

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

Also It is a tough show to see yet worth the sadness you endure to see it. ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Well intentioned

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.

Great acting, Entertaining, Intense

See it if well acted story about this infamous camp. story could have been a bit tighter.

Don't see it if you don't like sad shows about death and the holocaust

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Great scenic design, Great lighting/projection design

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.

Also children by the Nazis, with such realism, and emotions that touch me t... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious, Clunky, Grim

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.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You want to see great acting. Actors all do a great job showing the horrors of concentration camps

Don't see it if If you want to see a happy like show

Also The show is not a happy fun show but worth the see. Actors all do a wo... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intense, Long

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

Also prop, I really wanted a violin in her hands.... Read more Read less


See it if You don't know the history of Terezin.

Don't see it if Want a production on a high school level.

Confusing, Dizzying, Intense

See it if you like convoluted plots about WWII Germany and a violin player thrown into the mix

Don't see it if just dont see it...

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Difficult material

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

Also This is an extremely well-presented play in all respects, but in the e... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if you know someone in the show or working for the show

Don't see it if You have the option to watch anything else

Ambitious, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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 .

Cliched, Disappointing, Excruciating, Exploitation, Terrible

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.

Disappointing, Intense, Slow

See it if You like long drawn out plays about nazis and concentration camps

Don't see it if You want an uplifting theater experience

Dizzying, Intense, Ambitious, Heavy-handed, Tragic

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

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.

June 20th, 2017
"The tragic story of the people at Terezin is certainly a worthwhile subject, and Tolkien's play has merit. However, it needs further development. The staging is somewhat stylized, which only distanced me from creating an emotional connection with the characters...Least effective is the use of ac...
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June 26th, 2017
“Can any playwright, no matter how talented, adequately dramatize the agony of millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust, or, for that matter, any of history's holocausts that have been visited upon entire populations with mind-boggling frequency? I don't think so, but the grim, unremittingly...
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June 20th, 2017
“What makes Tolkien’s production a mesmerizing work is in how its characters rise above the brutality and sadistic mania of their captors...The ensemble’s work together is just terrific. The themes of Terezin are outstanding…Additional elements that make this production memorable are the stylized...
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June 22nd, 2017
“'Terezin' is a call to remember. I appreciate a work of art that insists we fulfill an ethical responsibility, though the performance unsurprisingly is difficult and heavy…The play is clearly meant to be brutal…Tolkien’s writing finds its full expression in the monologues, which contain an unexp...
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