Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story
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Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story

Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story NYC Reviews and Tickets

(29 Reviews)
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Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

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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891 Reviews | 259 Followers
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.

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
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

426 Reviews | 99 Followers
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.

384 Reviews | 81 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

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.

297 Reviews | 78 Followers
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. Read more

229 Reviews | 108 Followers
Interesting, Historical, Philosophical, Engrossing

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. Read more

215 Reviews | 50 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

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. Read more

185 Reviews | 37 Followers
Uneven, Restrained, Historical, Long, Informative

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) Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

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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Eyes on World Cultures
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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