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Hannah Senesh

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

This one-woman play with music tells the true story of Hannah Senesh, the heroic young Jewish woman who escaped from Axis-allied Hungary in 1939 to the safety of British Mandate Palestine. More…

There she joined Haganah and then bravely volunteered for a daring Special Operations mission to parachute back into Europe to save Jews from the Holocaust. Hannah’s story and indomitable spirit, along with the moving diary and poetry that she left behind, serve as an enduring inspiration to people everywhere standing up to the powers of hatred and oppression.


Member Reviews (70)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
81
Avg Score

70
Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Disappointing

See it if Schechter's noble bio-drama is heartfelt & Rabadi works hard at making Hannah three-dimensional but still feels like a "Profile in Courage"

Don't see it if Good intentions never make good drama Far too much time spend on Hannah's youth/kibbutz life; drama ignites w/her freedom fighting exploits

54
In 1-person show, enthusiastic but amateurish portrayal of iconic life of hannah senesh as simplistic “anne frank with a gun”

See it if language sometimes poetic; lead has nice voice singing songs using HS’s poetry as lyrics

Don't see it if story is simple hagiography w/o nuance; HS played in only 1 note from child 2 young woman; reminds me of overwrought college production

Also HS has become a Jewish icon of the WW II era based on her biography: h... Read more Read less

80
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like historical, one-person shows, this one very well performed on a simple stage with a few props and some nice singing.

Don't see it if you do not like or are triggered by WWII treatment of Jews. There is also one, brief, violent stunning entrance of a second actor.

89
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Poignant

See it if watching a child mature into a person whose serious beliefs spur her to action intrigues you. Well plotted and beautifully realized.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to have your heart broken.

70
Sad, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow

See it if One woman show about a real person who fights for freedom.

Don't see it if Not a happy show.

Also Its a strong story about not giving up and fighting back. This story i... Read more Read less

85
Very moving, Relevant, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you wish to see a superbly acted one woman show about a real life courageous person. Very moving and a story that deserves to be told.

Don't see it if you do not like stories about the holocaust or one person shows of any kind. This is not a musical but a play with some songs sung by lead.

Also Powerful play using Hannah's own words from her journal. I did not kno... Read more Read less

51
Manic performance, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, The first hour was her diary excerpts from age 13-17

See it if You want to hear the diary excerpts of a naive not very interesting teen. The actress only leaves the stage to pick up props.

Don't see it if You want to know anything about the project for which she was recruited. The rise of zionism and creation of what would be the Jewish State

Also I really hated this. I probably would have given it a 10, but she was ... Read more Read less

82
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn more about an amazing inspiring woman. British paratrooper, brave Zionist who died attempting to rescue Holocaust victims

Don't see it if you find facts about the Holocaust too difficult to experience or you don't like one woman shows.

Also While you're at the theater. visit the museum's Auschwitz exhibit. Hea... Read more Read less

77
A fascinating story, Less compelling that it should be, Slow at times, Important topic, Excellent acting

See it if you like a solo actor story about a true heroine, the holocaust with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you dislike one character plays that are very serious, sad, slow at times & deliver a bit less emotion than a holocaust story should.

70
Some lovely music, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you're interested in the depiction of one woman's growth from a young schoolgirl in Hungary to kibbutz life in Palestine to WWII heroics.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of one-person shows. Although Lexi Rabadi deserves credit for her dual characterizations--and her quick wardrobe changes.

81
Inspiring, Emotional, Informative, Historic biography

See it if True story-A middle class, Jewish, Hungarian, girl emigrates to Israel, becomes a farmer, then a paratrooper to free British pilots in WWII.

Don't see it if Israeli history is unbelievable but true. Senesh is an Israeli heroine. Show is engaging, preferable to reading a text book. See it!

95
Resonant, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you crave powerful drama, based on a true story, featuring a women hero, especially a Jewish one, including themes of WWII and Zionism.

Don't see it if you do not like one actor (playing multiple roles adeptly), 90 min. plays without interval, or depressing themes reminiscent threats today.

Also Unfortunately, this play probably preaches only to the choir: Persons ... Read more Read less

50
Lacks impact, Worthy story, Poorly scripted, Overwrought acting, Disappointing

See it if you'd like a one woman play about this little known young Hungarian/ Zionist female martyr (just one of MANY such historic tales from WWII)

Don't see it if there is a bio to read about Hannah Senesh (& the many others who risked their lives) that is bound to be more gripping than this play

Also Poor character development & acting, following Hannah from superficial... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Inspirational, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy well performed one woman shows. You have an interest in WWII history, particularly Jewish history

Don't see it if you want a flshy production or find stories dealing with the Holocaust too upsetting.

65
Banal, Disappointing, Slow, Insipid

See it if you enjoy plays about Jewish woman who fought in the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows.

Also The accent the actress used when portraying the mother of Hannah Senes... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You are interested in personal World War 2 stories. Compelling and well acted.

Don't see it if You don't like monologues. The story unfolds day by day as told by Hannah and her mother.

68
Overrated, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you are interested in a lengthy exploration of the childhood of a woman who grows up and becomes a martyr

Don't see it if you want to learn more about Ms. Senesh's interesting adult life as portrayed in film

89
Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in female heroes.

Don't see it if You find ww2 dramas too sad.

80
Boring and slow in spots, Jewish heroine brought to stage, Revival of 30-year-old script

See it if you love Hannah Senesh. Like one-woman shows, a good voice & Zionism. Want to see museum's Auschwitz exhibit.

Don't see it if you have no interest in WWII or iconic young Jewish figure. Would dislike a show that drags in places.

Also After the matinee I spent a few hours at the Museum of Jewish Heritage... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are into historic drama and one women shows. Fantastic acting. It really makes you think!

Don't see it if You are not into one women shows, history or are in the mood for being uplifted. This is serious drama.

79
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's a Holocaust play where the Shoah is a definite presence and motivator, but not the only thing.

Don't see it if I've spent a few days trying to decide if Hannah's a hero or a misguided idealist. I'm still not sure, but you should find out for yourself.

95
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in historical plays that are well written and worth the educational journey. Well acted and simply but effectively staged

Don't see it if You are too emotionally affected by cruel events that took place during WW2. Have no interest in biographical plays

84
Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn about the Nazi era period as seen through a remarkable women's eyes.

Don't see it if one person shows are not your thing.

85
Must see, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Ok with one woman shows . Looking for new performers who exhibit fantastic talent. Understand the importance of Holocaust remembrance.

Don't see it if Not interested in Holocaust remembrance. Only enjoys fluff

Also The program should have contained more contextual background about whe... Read more Read less

85
Riveting, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to know the story of a courageous woman who gave her life to try to save others.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional play with multiple characters.


August 4th, 2019
"'Hannah Senesh,' an emotional, inspiring yet totally non-sentimental biographical drama about a prescient and unbelievably valiant young woman whose enemies declared her the bravest person they'd ever met."
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July 28th, 2019
"Spiritual Resistance in the rewarding HANNAH SENESH at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene"
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