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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
See it if You are interested in Heidigger's cowardice under totalitarianism. 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
See it if Interesting love story done by very good actors.
Don't see it if Thought provoking, and intelligent. Looking for pure entertainment, this is not the one.
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
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
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
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.
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
See it if Very, very interesting & thought provoking show about love & the power of sexual attraction and intellectual stimulation ~ It raises many ?s
Don't see it if You like light & fluffy pieces
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