Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Meeting of the Minds.(Journal North Venue)

Byline: Joseph Ditzler Of the Journal

Copenhagen' shows the complex relationship between 20th Century physicists

So you can't tell a quark from a lepton. Don't sweat it. Director Pam Berlin has not been in a physics class since she was in ninth grade, but she knows enough to direct a play about two of the greatest minds in physics in the 20th century.

"Coming to this play makes me long to learn more about physics, the world of physics," she said at lunch break June 18 during rehearsals for "Copenhagen." The play, starring Brian Murray as Niels Bohr, Dan Butler as Werner Heisenberg and Lisa Harrow as Margrethe Bohr, opens 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lensic Performing Arts Center for the first of 10 performances.

More than science

"One thing that comes through within the play is the extraordinary passion involved in this field and the incredible enthusiasm and joy these physicists have for their work, for anything in their lives," Berlin said.

"Copenhagen," by Michael Frayn, premiered in London in 1998 and in New York, where it won a Tony Award, in 2000. Cleverly and poetically written, it concerns the 1941 meeting of Heisenberg and Niels Bohr at Bohr's home in Copenhagen, a watershed event both personally and historically, but one little understood. …

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