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

Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story NYC Reviews and Tickets

(29 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (29)

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64 Reviews | 10 Followers
Intelligent, Must see, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant

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. Read more

247 Reviews | 61 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

91 Reviews | 10 Followers
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. Read more

683 Reviews | 161 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

98 Reviews | 36 Followers
Great staging, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if Not a bad show at all. This is much more informational than emotional but is still remarkably engaging.

Don't see it if If you expect classical drama. Read more

441 Reviews | 88 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.

251 Reviews | 116 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

86 Reviews | 10 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

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 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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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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