24 Aug More information has come to light, since Michael Frayn’s play premiered in , about its subject: the ruptured friendship between the. 3 Mar In Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, a fictional account of an actual event during World War II, two physicists exchange heated words and profound. The Tony Award—winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime.

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For Valentine’s Day, Jesse gave me an uninterrupted hour to read Copenhagen and write the review.

None of the characters are clear cut and all have flaws and virtues. The question of whether Heisenberg was a saboteur or not is not on that level, even if I think the bulk of the historical profession would not agree with Frayn that it is as likely an explanation for the Copenhagrn failure as any other.

His works often raise philosophical questions in a humorous context.

Many of them are referenced in the context of their work with either Bohr or Heisenberg. Continuing under the direction of Michael Blakemore, it opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 11 April and ran for performances. Frayn’s clever dramatic structure, which returns repeatedly to particular scenes from different points of view, allows several possible theories as to what his motives could have been.

For the moment the only coherent thing I can say is: And I like that. I listened to this frrayn speaking since [a] great matter for mankind was at issue in which, despite our personal friendship, we had to be regarded as representatives of two sides engaged in mortal combat.

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This is a much more insidious sort of erroneous history, in my mind, because it is used to paper over the moral questions on the American side of things, and commits a multitude of factual sins in the process. Are they milling about as ghosts among others? However, as a work of literature, as something to read and enjoy it is superb!

There were those within the German program which was not coopenhagen single program in any case, but several different groups who knew that the critical mass of enriched uranium would be fairly low German Army Ordnance thought in that between kg of U would give you a bomb, which is a spot-on estimate.

I read the play this week to extract quotes for further work with my students. Indeed, Bohr’s letters note that Heisenberg spoke “in vague terms”, from which Bohr was only able to form an “impression” about Heisenberg’s efforts. This is an interesting play.

It is most nearly a “drama,” but works in many ways as an expository piece in the manner it presents information to the audience.

Niels and Margrethe Bohr, on the motorcycle of George Gamow, Same scene as above, different moment.

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For an arts graduate. Retrieved from ” https: In his preface to A Dream PlayAugust Strindberg notes that in these worlds, “everything is possible and probable.

As I watched it I knew I had to see it again but wouldn’t be able to as copdnhagen season was booked out. This is I feel the premise and emotion garnered from this work. Michael Frayn takes the historical reference to one chance and completely unexpected inexplicable almost improper meeting between Bohr and Heisenberg – once close as father and son and now sitting squarely on opposite sides of a war with consequences neither had yet grasped though they were at the very moment working towards it – and spins a fictional account of what might have transpired – all the while emphasising that the protagonists themselves may have never truly known their own motivations let alone the other’s.

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They knew what atomic bombs could be. Being a physicist myself, this dialog between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg was widely discussed during my graduation studies. If you’re interested in history of science and WW2, especially physics and atomic bomb, I can’t recommend it highly enough. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His works often rais Michael Cooenhagen is an English playwright and novelist.

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To interrogators and intelligence officers, to journalists and historians. Margrethe Bohr, the third character, allowed the two men someone to play against. Aug 08, Pages. See all 66 reviews.

Copenhagen review – Michael Frayn’s masterwork still blazes with mystery

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Michael Frayn has written plays, novels, and screenplays, in additioin to being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov.

The dialogue is never less than challenging, even while playing to the audience surrogate, Margrethe.