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Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story
East Village
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Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(29 Reviews)
Positive
86%
Mixed
14%
Negative
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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.

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Philosophical, Historical, Episodic, Speculative, Smart

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. Read more

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

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.

Critic Reviews (5)

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September 30th, 2018

"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.”
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October 4th, 2018

"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.”
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October 13th, 2018

“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.”
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October 19th, 2018

“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."
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October 8th, 2018

"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."
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