REVIEW ROUNDUP: “If I Forget” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Feb 23, 2017
“If I Forget,” written by Steven Levenson and directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on February 22, 2017 in New York City. “If I Forget,” written by Steven Levenson and directed by Daniel Sullivan, opened on February 22, 2017 in New York City.


10 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 77.

Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 80
"The problem with many, if not most, family dramas is that the families are so often hateful. Playwright Steven Levenson avoids that trap...Heritage means a lot to this closely knit family, which is what keeps us engaged in their quarrels...In the tradition of domestic drama, Levenson’s play involves a lot of talk and precious little action. But the talk is surprisingly gripping, especially when one secret after another is teased out of the siblings."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 80
"Directed by Daniel Sullivan, who has a gift for raising dialogue to its smartest expression, 'If I Forget' is ambitious and often very funny...Although some of Levenson’s plot twists are contrived, the play is fearless in its confrontation of Jewish self-image before a New York audience that surely includes many Jews...He gives us a lot to talk about, and a play to remember."
Alexis Soloski
The New York Times
ShowScore: 80
"'If I Forget' speaks to both the head and the heart...It isn’t perfect. The plot, which turns on a question of real estate, takes its time arriving and mostly hangs around to facilitate debate...Under Daniel Sullivan’s sensitive direction, the ripe interstitial music nudges emotion too obviously and the ending, which shifts the play into magical realism, makes its themes too explicit. But the script and the remarkable actors make you embrace the Fischers."

“If I Forget” was also reviewed by Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 119 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

Jeffrey P, ShowScore: 94
See it if…"You enjoy plays about dysfunctional family dynamics that deal with the Holocaust. The cast really delivered. I enjoyed it."
Don't see it if…"Politics and religion are not your bag. But aside from that, there's no good reason to not see it."
Maya B, ShowScore: 95 
See it if…"I LOVED this show and I HIGHLY recommend it. Steven Levenson's writing is incredible and all the actors are so moving and impactful." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like long plays. It's about 2 hrs and 40 minutes. I thought it went by quickly though because it's so absorbing."
Abigail 6266, ShowScore: 97
See it if…"You enjoy complicated family dynamics, have a basic understanding of c. 2000 politics, and are interested in Jewish culture/identity." 
Don't see it if…"You want a light, escapist show (although there is comic relief)."

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