If I Forget
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If I Forget

If I Forget NYC Reviews and Tickets

(407 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

About the Show

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Steven Levenson's new drama about the personal politics of family, heritage, and history, and the scars they leave behind. Starring Kate Walsh from 'Grey's Anatomy.'

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92 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Resonant

See it if You are from, or married into, a Jewish family. Like brilliant writing.

Don't see it if You don't like to think about issues. You don't like shows with real drama

70 Reviews | 13 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if You intelligent writing and/or great family dramas.

Don't see it if You don't like plays and/or controversial topics.

78 Reviews | 8 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if A true life story very sAd about an aging father with three kids who have no time for him. Only one daughter has to take care of him. Jewish

Don't see it if You are Looking for a funny play

67 Reviews | 17 Followers
Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like a show that makes you think

Don't see it if You don't like LONG shows!

509 Reviews | 337 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if I loved this play! The acting was superb, the set incredible, the story engrossing. Not a false moment.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about families and their quirks. The three adult siblings deal with their mother's death and father's illness. Read more

154 Reviews | 31 Followers
Great writing, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like great writing. best, most intelligent writing in a play I have seen this year. funny, thought provoking. the actors were marvelous.

Don't see it if don't want to be challenged or see something that makes you think. Read more

87 Reviews | 22 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if A masterful zenith of edge and import is achieved via a controlled whirl of mental illness, Jewish identity, the decay of dreams and goals.

Don't see it if Jews *may* take offense, but there is no reason not to see this epic-on-a-small-scale play. This one Makes You Think.

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Well-written, Relevant

See it if you appreciate a good script and good acting

Don't see it if you don't like plays about family-issues.

Critic Reviews (37)

The New York Times
February 22nd, 2017

"'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."
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Time Out New York
February 22nd, 2017

"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."
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February 23rd, 2017

"Brilliantly staged and at once funny and deeply unsettling...Levenson is such an expansive and gifted writer – and Sullivan so expert at drawing true-to-life performances from an extraordinary cast – that we never feel trapped in a situation comedy...In a stellar cast, Shamos blazes forward; this gifted actor is giving the performance of his career...This is the play of the season so far. I won’t soon forget it."
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New York Daily News
February 22nd, 2017

"One character’s controversial and incendiary take on the Holocaust and Israel-Palestine conflict makes Levenson's work singular. There are some issues. Credulity strains at times — wouldn’t a professor wait until he has tenure before publishing a surefire hot potato of a book? Just asking. And the plot snowballs in the final stretch. Still, the excellent cast mines every bit of fury and humor. 'If I Forget' is whip-smart, bold and, finally, memorable."
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February 22nd, 2017

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
February 22nd, 2017

"'If I Forget' can feel overstuffed at times. But it all works beautifully, thanks to the richness of the writing, the superb performances of an ensemble that doesn’t strike a false note and the impeccable direction of Daniel Sullivan...The razor-sharp dialogue makes the two-and-a-half-hour running time fly by...Some of the plot elements are admittedly not fully convincing...But for the most part, the play rings with stunning emotional truth...Each of the actors is outstanding."
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Entertainment Weekly
February 23rd, 2017

"Sharp and thoroughly touching...Levenson has already proven himself as a craftsman of compelling, poignant drama and his skills serve him well again here...Shamos, Walsh and Dizzia make those family bonds feel authentic...The setting and subjects they tackle really resonate...'If I Forget' succeeds both as a thoughtful family drama filled with wit and as a compelling dissection of the world we live in."
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February 22nd, 2017

"A deeply absorbing, issues-oriented family drama that's likely to hit a nerve in both head and heart...Levenson captures the family dynamic with great ease. The dialogue is fluid and intelligent; and he manages to slip in some pointed laughs along the way...And thanks to a flawless ensemble, we're hooked from the very first scene right through to the bitter end...There aren't many plays that can twist your head around 180 degrees. But this one does, and most convincingly."
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