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Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story

From 5 critic and 28 member reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

This world premiere dramatizes the relationship between two leading intellectuals of the twentieth century: Hannah Arendt, a Zionist, and Martin Heidegger, who became an ardent Nazi. More…

Hannah Arendt was a brilliant political theorist and a philosophical thinker of the first rank. As a teenager, she commenced an affair with Martin Heidegger, a celebrated German philosopher who went on to become a leading and unapologetic supporter of Adolf Hitler. After World War II, Arendt maintained her friendship with Heidegger, met with him and corresponded with him, despite Heidegger’s silent refusal to disavow the Nazi party. The play explores how this could have happened, by probing into the Arendt/Heidegger affair.



85
New York Theatre Wire

"Author Douglas Lackey and director Alexander Harrington have managed to extract a thought-provoking stimulating performance from two of the most controversial public intellects of the twentieth century...Their conflict is presented through an exhilarating poignant dialogue...Simon and Stuyck are a superb pair, attuned to each other, finding the nuances, and portraying in subtle ways the impact on their relationship that their external reality imposes.” Full Review

85
New York Theatre Wire

“A niche play for an intellectual audience that is aware of Hannah Arendt, if not Martin Heidegger, as well as a play for those philosophy-loving newbie’s with an intellectual bent...Breathing life into this production is the masterful melding, under the deft hand of director Alexander Harrington, of the actors and technical crew...While all of the actors were simply wonderful, it was Simon’s uncanny channeling of Arendt that kidnapped the entire audience." Full Review

85
Eyes on World Cultures

“This is the story of a woman in love, no ordinary woman and no ordinary affair’...This play is mesmerizing in its many now-familiar aspects...The casting is perfect, making the story ever so plausible.” Full Review

80
Reform Judaism

"At the core of 'Arendt/Heidegger: A Love Story,' a new play by Douglas Lackey, is the intellectual, emotional, and romantic relationship between two of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century...In this well staged and acted drama, directed by Alexander Harrington, Hannah and her married 35-year-old professor enter into a romantic relationship...The play closes with a powerful final encounter between Hannah and Martin in the dining room of a Freiberg hotel in 1964." Full Review

70
New York Theatre Wire

"Neither Arendt nor Heidegger seem capable of loving passion in Lackey's new play...The romance between Arendt, played with often sympathetic political nagging by Simon, and Heidegger could have been a good platform for explaining Nazism and its educated supporters...Stabs are made at comparing our present gross Trumpism to the pre-Nazi Weimar world...’Arendt – Heidegger’ may be one of the historical signposts to which we might pay some attention.” Full Review


95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like philosophy, autobiographical stories of historical figures, history and great acting. All actors are phenomenal!

Don't see it if you only like big-stage productions, are not interested in history and the life of 2 of the most important philosophers of the 20th century.

Also Alyssa Simon (Hannah Arendt) and Joris Stuyck (Martin Heidegger) are s... Read more Read less

91
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You enjoy cleverly written pieces that reflect on events of the past that are relevant today. If you enjoy philosophy and self reflection.

Don't see it if You are looking for mild entertainment and discussions about xenophobia disturb you. If you like musicals and feel good plays, don’t come.

Also I loved this play. I wanted to congratulate the writer and the actors.... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if This play is highly recommended for intellectuals and those who are interested in philosophy and history.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy thought provoking plays and are offended by infidelity.

Also This was an extremely interesting play, and I enjoyed it. I would reco... Read more Read less

86
Historical, Smart, Episodic, Philosophical, Speculative

See it if you are interested in totalitarianism & how it breeds cowards, or in philosophy, Nazism or the response of German Jews to the 3rd Reich.

Don't see it if you are not prepared to sit still while philosophy is argued.

Also I am old enough to remember Hannah Arendt as a public intellectual, & ... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like intelligent plays dealing with ideas and history. Very well done

Don't see it if You want something light and are not interested in plays dealing with ideas and World War 2

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if A beautifully written story involving historical figures who were intellectual educators during WW2. Well acted.

Don't see it if If you perfer light dramas or musicals.

81
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if - you like historical dramas - you like shows which show both sides of arguments - you like low budget theatre

Don't see it if - you don't like history - you don't want to see another holocaust play (even if from a different perspective) - you like big budget shows

81
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like philosophy and historical mixed with the personal and political. And a love story tht's not all that romantic

Don't see it if If philosophy and history don't interest you

80
Interesting, Historical, Engrossing, Philosophical

See it if you'd like decent acting and an interesting take on troubling relations of Arendt and Heidegger. Author blames H's wife for his Jew-hatred.

Don't see it if You'd rather avoid yet another WWII story, albeit one on a philosophical plain. Also, acting is a little too cold for such an ardent affair.

Also It was interesting to learn a bit more about the other philosophers in... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like historical dramas dealing with moral dilemmas

Don't see it if You dislike shows with a lot of dialogue and little action You find oral sex visually hidden but explicitly depicted onstage to be offensiv

Also I realize that there were time constraints but it bothered me that the... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Interesting

See it if Interested in learning a little more about this relationship in a well crafted and well acted drama

Don't see it if You would like an action adventure story or prefer a beer night with some entitled jerks who will serve or are serving in an illicit GOP g

79
Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if If you like autobiographical plays, history, philosophy

Don't see it if If you want a grand production

78
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Historical, Reality-based

See it if You are interested in the love affair between 2 Germans - one a Jew, the other became a Nazi. Span from 1920s thru 1960s.

Don't see it if You can’t keep still for long speeches and discussions of what is “being” and what poets are the best.

Also Heidegger and Hannah Arendt were both very smart and very intellectual... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you know or want to begin to know the two principals and their interaction over five decades in a multi-scene production, well-staged & lit.

Don't see it if ou are not interested in philosophy, the German-Jewish struggles pre and post WWII or do not like long plays with over 20 scene changes.

78
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like autobiographies, history and great acting. All the actors are really good

Don't see it if you've had a bad experience or are just aren't interested in infidelity

77
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if You like a play based on Arendt and Heidegger's complex and conflicted relationship spanning many decades based on facts but finessed.

Don't see it if you want a cute musical where you don't have to confront complicated human dynamics.

77
Entertaining

See it if You are interested in Heidigger's cowardice under totaltarianism. You'll be inspired by Cassirer's clear sightedness.

Don't see it if You expect some of Arendt's brilliant insights, this is about their affair, with predictable, if entertaining scenes.

Also Arendt's attraction to this creature remains a mystery, though it is s... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Clever staging & lighting / great video-projection, Strong fully-committed performances, Enlightening / informative / relevant, Historical (episodic) / funny / intelligent

See it if you'd enjoy a based-on-true-life drama re: WWII, history, philosophy, featuring a very small (clipped) glimpse into the "A-H" relationship.

Don't see it if you can't sit thru a LONG show w/TONS of scene changes. Except for the beautiful pics (video-projection), this one's a big mental exercise.

Also Playwright promises to tell us the WHY...... Read more Read less

68
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Dated

See it if you enjoy historic plays, WW2 history, and political-philosophical thoughts

Don't see it if dated production, some questionable art decisions which stand in the way of enjoy the play, almost like an old-mans slideshow build-up...

65
Historical, Long, Uneven, Informative, Restrained

See it if the political chaos in our country has you seeking a voice of reason. The portrait of Hannah Arendt here is periodically arresting.

Don't see it if you'd like to see Heidegger truly confronted for his anti-Semitism. The playwright pulls a lot punches (and places too much blame on Mrs. H)

Also Memorable Line: "Poetry is not idle talk."

62
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you are looking to get some insight into the Arendt-Heidegger affair and being disappointed by it or interested in philosophy

Don't see it if you are not interested in why Heidegger and Arendt would be interested in each other.

Also The play may have been better if the play demonstrated some chemistry ... Read more Read less

60
Strangely dispassionate view of this multi textured story

See it if You have a strong background in the history of all parties. If not you learn only the barest skeleton of the story.

Don't see it if You want sophistication, subtlety or naturalistic acting. Or perhaps this is too subtle. What kept these philosophers in thrall.

97
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want a dark and angry and essentially heart breaking about how genius can be so very flawed, with some fairly good lines.

Don't see it if You want easy answers.

85
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Profound, Great staging

See it if You like real stories and great performances, about real events with a funny touch.

Don't see it if You don’t like philosophy, history, profound conversations.

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You are interested in Arendt and learning about her love affair with her professor. Costumes, scenary ( images of past places) great.

Don't see it if you can't handle a play being a bit slow and esoteric at times. Arendt's acting at times a bit off putting but that may just be who she was!


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