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

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.

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

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

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
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
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
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

During previews
65
An indulgent vanity project, good acting

See it if you’d enjoy an autobiographical vanity project, emphasis on vanity, involving three generations of the same family.

Don't see it if an indulgent story about family dynamics, medical discoveries & disappointment in one’s own achievements — or lack thereof — doesn’t appeal.

Also While the acting was fine, the piece itself struck me as a real vanity... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Ambitious, Slow, Indulgent, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You like medical history, true-life drama, and ambitious narrative structure.

Don't see it if You don’t want to indulge one person’s issues with their family. You want something fast moving and straightforward.


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."
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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."
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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..."
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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."
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