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Copenhagen - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
December 11th, 2002
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Copenhagen
About two years ago, gaal recommended that I see the play Copenhagen, which was then offered by the Israeli Chamber Theater. As soon as I heard that it was a play featuring Bohr and Heisenberg as characters, it was obvious that I must see the play.

Time passed.

Last night, instead of doing my Greek homework, I went to see Copenhagen, which, happily, is still running this season at said theater. It is an excellent, profound play. Oded Teomi was fabulous as Bohr, and Ohad Shachar was no less effective as Heisenberg. The only disappointment was Sara von Schwartze, who played Mrs. Bohr. She was terrible! Dull acting, a weak-bodied voice, and bad diction all added up to make her a huge letdown. The other two and the play made up for it, though.

If you're not afraid of a few basic terms in physics, or of a play that's entirely based on conversation, with very little "action", it is highly recommended.

Thanks, gaal!

p.s. the Greek homework is fine, thanks for asking.

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From:kritzit
Date:December 11th, 2002 02:19 am (UTC)
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Now only Greek !!!

(said with a heavy Greek accent)
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From:gaal
Date:December 11th, 2002 03:04 am (UTC)

Collapse, or, But mom, I *hate* carrots!

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Here is a historical ***SPOILER*** about the play:


After the play was released, Bohr's son (I think) came out
with some correspondence between Hisenberg and his father that showed pretty clearly that it was indeed the secrets that H was after during that visit. I should still have the newspaper clipping with me somewhere (from Haaretz).
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From:gaal
Date:December 11th, 2002 12:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Collapse, or, But mom, I *hate* carrots!

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Oops Heisenberg, duh.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 11th, 2002 11:13 am (UTC)
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I was under the impression you already saw it, a few blog-pieces ago.
Anyway, as I commented then, it's a remarkable play. Mrs. Bohr is, as I recall, more of a flavour a character, a person for Bohr to relay his internal debate and investigation concerning the motives of Heisenberg, so it is not a terrible loss if she's played badly. I must see it again: I'm not sure than I had the insight I have today when I last saw it (4 years ago) - regarding both physics and history.

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