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If I Forget

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Members say: 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.' More…

In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father's 75th birthday. All deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. Written by Steven Levenson (book writer for 'Dear Evan Hansen'), directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, and featuring Tony nominees Maria Dizzia, Larry Bryggman, and Jeremy Shamos.


Member Reviews (407)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant
84
Avg Score

75
Absorbing, Funny, Overstuffed, Jewish-themed, Unconvincing

See it if you are fascinated w issues of Jewish identity. IIF is a funny, intellectual dysfunctional family dramedy that, ultimately, seems pointless.

Don't see it if you dislike when every character has horrible issues. Holly seems to be in a different play. I wasn't bored, but I wasn't enlightened.

85
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if great complex family dynamics. Recognizable characters. Moving absorbing stories. Interesting!

Don't see it if you don't care for dramas or jewish themes. It takes 20 min to get settled and then it's riveting to the end.

Also This masterful writer manages to juggles a great number of plots witho... Read more Read less

94
Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see a show that takes you to some new conclusions in some rather well known territory. Great staging, acting, brilliant writing.

Don't see it if You're bored with human dramas, exploring what makes us tick or looking at yourself honestly and maybe not always liking what you see.

84
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if A well told family drama that asks tough questions. The script is superb, touching on some complicated themes very well.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with stories about the holocaust. If you are looking for lighter fare. This is not that, despite few moments of levity.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Profound, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Jewish family struggles with tradition vs. moving on. Individuals, family and community intertwine. Witty dialog and hilarious moments.

Don't see it if You don't want to think about values and the choices we must make. What is important to our identity? How free are we to decide?

Also Great writing and acting. 2 1/2 hours went by in no time.

90
Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to see varying views re: being a Jew in relation to the holocaust in today's world. A fine cast delivers more questions than ans

Don't see it if you can be upset by conflicting views. Some are quite distubing, also.. it brings back the 2 1/2 hour shows (or more) of yore.,

Also (for the plus side_ answers. This production continues the recent grow... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Levenson's trenchant family drama is a tough talking polemic on Jewish identity at the millennium empowered by Sullivan's fluid direction

Don't see it if Political ideas get even-handed play yet can weigh down plot Excellent ensemble emphasize that family dynamics always bind for better or not

86
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like family tales filled with humor and drama, particularly Jewish families, filled with family secrets and revelations

Don't see it if you're not interested in loud, crazy discussions about family issues and Israel, don't enjoy realistic portrayals of teens or parents

92
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're a fan of family dramas and quality acting. Shamos, Walsh, Dizzia, and the cast are at the top of their game.

Don't see it if you're an anti-Semite.

79
"if i forget" forgot to be memorable; but at times quite moving

See it if fine cast shows w humor/pathos how Jewish family battles thru practical issues/caring for dying parent & existential/Jewish identity, etc.

Don't see it if not robust as iconic portrayals of multi-generational family dysfunction in plays like Long Day's/Humans/August Osage; flat ending

97
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.

Also It sounds like it would be a downer but there were lots of laughs thro... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You value character driven plays. An unhappy family must face their individual issues to survive as a family. Being or knowing Jews helps.

Don't see it if you want special effects instead of drama. Or if you are put off by philosophy. Ideas and dreams cross as the family members discover truths

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent script, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are interested in a new play written by one of our best young writers. The cast is uniformly excellent. The set is wonderful.

Don't see it if you do not like intelligent theatre.

Also Don't worry about the lengthy running time—this play moves very quickl... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like family dramas and intimate conversations about real problems; interested in Jewish culture & changing beliefs;Kate Walsh shines

Don't see it if You do not like a lot of talking; not interested in family turmoil; expect a lot of action; not familiar with Jewish culture

90
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense

See it if You'd like to see excellent ensemble work, Jewish family heritage, inheritance, sibling rivalry, aging parents, and religious issues.

Don't see it if You wouldn't like a play that reminds you of a Jewish August Osage County. Holocaust discussion and memories may be disturbing.

Also Set is an amazing two story house on a turntable.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a family drama with sharp dialogue and a fine cast.

Don't see it if you like more action and less talk or if you are not interested in issues of Jewish Identity.

Also It's always a pleasure to see Jeremy Shamos. Kate Walsh was a nice sur... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great sets, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if Powerful, intelligent play that stays with you long after you leave the theater. Terrific acting with very believable family interactions.

Don't see it if This play is deep. If you want entertainment without having to think or feel, this is not the right play. My heart hurt when it was over.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Want to be challenged to think.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged to think

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like terrific acting and plays that probe important issues like religion, Israel, family, etc. Despite being wordy, it is never dull.

Don't see it if you want something light and fluffy. It has it's moments, but mainly it is a serious play with a lot of humor.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if An interesting character study with some very nice performances. Raises issues of what Jewish identity is, and what we owe our families.

Don't see it if The characters were all deeply flawed, and sometimes horrible, people. I found the Jeremy Shamos character disturbing and offensive.

86
Must see, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, The social political themes are brilliant the family drama overwrought

See it if You have an interest in family dynamics. The politics of Israel with two diametrically opposed views of the utility of commemoration.

Don't see it if You dont care about family drama. YOu are sensitive about arguments re:the holocaust.

Also This is a big beautiful hunk of play. The direction and staging are be... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like stories about the jewish culture, mental health and family relationships, all told from well developed different perspectives.

Don't see it if If you prefer happy and easy going plays, this is neither.

80
Enthralling, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you also liked THE HUMANS or enjoy dramas that explore family dynamics.

Don't see it if you tend to shy away from plays that explore themes of identity, the past, and death.

80
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you wonder if "political correctness" can get in the way of honest discourse.

Don't see it if you like plays with more action and less talking.

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if want to see a great family/political drama, with humor, which is on the mark with today's world.

Don't see it if you are looking for a play that asks you not to ponder what you have just seen.


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...
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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 sur...
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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 runni...
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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' succe...
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