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 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 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 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 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...