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

During previews
71
Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if If you are interested in real life story . Great acting but direction needs revision.

Don't see it if You don't care about a slow pace story

During previews
77
A misogynistic approach to telling your mother’s story, One of those plays that makes you go: hmmm..., As a lover of the history of science, intriguing...

See it if You like plays that navigate the lives of individuals who contributed to the advancement of the field of human science. There's much to like

Don't see it if You skip quirky familial plays about too many psychologically unresolved issues. This play will make you ask more questions than it answers.

Also I found the playwright's effort at writing this play worth the 90 minu... Read more Read less

During previews
89
Enchanting, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to be surprised. It is a love story of a relationship found only after a life changing event.

Don't see it if you want a traditional story. This breaks the 4th wall, and doesn't follow a simple linear plot.

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.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want to see a family memoir told in a smart, different and clever way where many issues are covered, from fame to science.

Don't see it if you want a tried and true story of a group of family members.


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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