Already closed | 1h 20m | Soho/Tribeca

Doctors Jane and Alexander

From 31 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Confusing

About the show

A new play about the playwright’s grandfather, Alexander S. Wiener, who discovered the Rh Factor in blood.  More…

From the show:

Told through the lens of interviews between the playwright and his mother, Jane Einhorn, a PhD psychologist and visual artist who had recently experienced a stroke at the time of the interviews. The play uses a mixture of verbatim/found text and invented dialogue to examine Wiener’s legacy, both scientific and familial. How does it change your life to have a world famous father…or grandfather? How does that legacy continue through the generations?

1h 20m | Already closed | HERE Arts Center (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (31)

MEMBERS SAY:

Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Confusing
74
Avg Score

70
Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if If you want a play that examines a person reliving the life of her parents. Good acting and sometimes interesting.

Don't see it if If you do not like plays that are indulgent and not always fluid. This show gets slow at times

86
Entertaining vaudeville, Great ensemble work, Familial exploration, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if you believe a family's history significantly influences its members present. Uses memories, songs, poems, letters, journals & top hats

Don't see it if family issues distress you, particularly parent to child relationships. No matter how entertaining the root of this show is abandonment

68
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Sweet idea. banal script.

See it if You want to hear a son give obeisance to his demented mother.

Don't see it if Like the other son; you did not want to hear her toileting diary.

76
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to enjoy a writer relives his life with his family where his mother is the central character with his famous grandfather.

Don't see it if You want an upbeat play. The topic is a serious one.

60
Found play (based on interviews), Good acting in very weak script, Dull dull dull, Rh factor co-founder, Honesty & dishonesty

See it if You’re interested in family drama about famous scientists & don’t expect any science, history or meaningful (universal) exchanges.

Don't see it if You have a parent or spouse in a wheel chair, or dislike personal retrospectives that do not plumb the depths of human connection for all.

Also I read a great deal about the author, his mother Jane & his maternal g... Read more Read less

75
Confusing, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if very confusing drama about a real person in history...choppy script ...good acting...

Don't see it if you wznt a linear straight forward drama..

69
Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you don't want to learn any science. Well produced play is boring.

Don't see it if you expect to find excitement in your theater-going

80
Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if If you like plays based on real people , or events in history

Don't see it if The plot is not linear, the play is a bit amateurish, so if you are not willing to overlook, don't see it

80
Original, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if if you are interested in an exploration of the impact of fame and mental illness on the family of the scientist who discovered the RH factor

Don't see it if if you don't like nonlinear plots or experimental theater

Also The play provides just a surface portrait of the author's famous grand... Read more Read less

87
Refreshing, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a mixture of non-fiction mixed with comedy, drama, musical numbers and a bit of dancing.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate the sciences, or non-fiction combined with a bit of absurdist comedy.

Also I thought the actors in this play were all excellent and the show itse... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You’re interested in stories of reliving parents’s lives.

Don't see it if If you want a straight toward play.

Also Bottom line, for me was, the characters weren’t all that interesting.

75
Sad, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in scientific/medical history, Jewish history, 4th-wall breaking, found text, funny/sweet/sad mother-son relationships.

Don't see it if you have recently dealt with a parent's dementia or are triggered by family issues like siblings fighting over the care-taking of mother.

85
Funny, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like a mixture of a family memoirs and science, drama and music. The acting is great.

Don't see it if You are not interested in these topics

50
Slow, Disappointing

See it if You are okay about being scammed. The play isn’t about what it promises.+if You never seen a show at this space. Really cool and clean too.

Don't see it if You know the space and know about Rh. The play promises something that doesn’t deliver and I don’t like that. It’s literally scamming.

During previews
71
Entertaining, Intelligent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You want to learn about one man’s journey of discovery about who holds what positions of importance in his life.

Don't see it if You hope to find a story that has a lot of universal appeal. Rather disjointed and lacking either information or direction.

Also I get it...she had a stroke...it’s supposed to be chopped up bits of i... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Einhorn's collage/homage to his mother & her father (both doctors) is a bit overstuffed - interesting yet indulgent Simon shines as mother

Don't see it if While heartfelt, Einhorn's mother is just not as interesting or renowned as her father (very good Rella) Meta aspects of drama often confuse

During previews
85
Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in glimpsing some difficult times of two real people and others portrayed by a great cast that make it entertaining.

Don't see it if you are looking for a complete story - this is a look back at father/daughter relationship with only bits of other people in their lives.

During previews
80
Academic, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Onstage writer intrviews post-stroke PhD Mum to connect clues to his shared anxiety w/ his famous Pop Pop. Flashbacks w/ piano and song.

Don't see it if Academic.Esoteric.Blood diseases.Rh Factor.Leukemia.Assisted living."Nomenclature affects outcomes of genetics." Sometimes relatable.Thesis.

Also "What happens to a person?They have this excitement and then it's gone... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Father and Daughter relationship. Deals with memoir. Son loves for his mother and to found out more of who she is.

Don't see it if You want a smooth story.

During previews
65
Occasionally charming, Clever, Tedious, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in personality/family life of renowned hematologist & relationship between Ashkenazi Jewish scientist & smart daughter

Don't see it if you prefer linear drama/musical to play within a play about the writing process, or you don’t care about details history blood type research

Also The historical subjects and Ashkenazi Jewish father daughter relations... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Truly unique, extremely reflexive, personal memoir about a complex Jewish family, and a mother with dementia

Don't see it if non-narrative, complex temporal setting, staged performances, broken fourth wall and scientific data is all used to tell a compelling story

Also with phenomenal acting--unlike anything​ I have ever seen, deeply inte... Read more Read less

During previews
66
Slow, Intelligent

See it if you like a bit of intellectual history and discussions of the nature of fame and success and the pressure of following greatness.

Don't see it if you mind some mediocre performances, a bit of choppiness, and a general lack of insight.

Also I don't know the writer ever figured out what this play was really abo... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Intelligent, Indulgent, Refreshing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are interested in a family story of a famous scientist told in a different, clever way. How family members suffer if not as great as him

Don't see it if you do not like to watch family histories or stories about scientists. At times the story feels a bit indulgent, otherwise great.

During previews
70
Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if into an autobiographical play about family dynamics and medical discoveries.

Don't see it if seeking an easy watch; as lovely as this was, it felt indulgent and my mind kept wandering.

During previews
60
Clever, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if Very academic&tedious play abt family music art&science w focus on Dr Wiener, discoverer of RH Factor. Nice violin/piano mus;uneven acting.

Don't see it if Saw show on3rd day.Some drastic changin needed;storyline needs more structure2increase audience motivation. Som fellow aud membes dozing off

Also Playwright uses some found text & interview with his mother to examine... Read more Read less


February 7th, 2020
"Blood Runs Too Thick in ‘Doctors Jane and Alexander’: Edward Einhorn’s playful play takes on a lot: his scientist grandfather, his aging mother and his own doubts about putting their lives onstage."
read more
February 3rd, 2020
"At times, Doctors Jane and Alexander comes across a pileup of interesting data points in search of dramatic expression, but the mother-son scenes are written with real tenderness and regret; Jane's terse answers are suffused with a Pinterian melancholy."
read more
February 4th, 2020
"Fortunately, the piece is about more than RH factors, even if it doesn't completely spare its audience some of the dry, lid-lowering facts about the red stuff..."
read more
January 29th, 2020
"Comes off as less about either of these two potentially fascinating people -- their work, their relationship -- than as the theatrical equivalent of Edward Einhorn's family album….painfully self-conscious…It does contain some rich material...It's poignant to see the infirm Jane."
read more


Cast & Creatives (2)