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Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: 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. 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.

Member Reviews (29)


Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing, Relevant

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.

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)

Also Memorable Line: "Poetry is not idle talk."

Ambitious, Disappointing

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.

Also The play may have been better if the play demonstrated some chemistry ... Read more Read less

Dated, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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...

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...
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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 o...
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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...
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