Memorial NYC Reviews and Tickets

(24 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

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A memorial dedicated to Vietnam veterans causes contention in this soul-searching new play.

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Member Reviews (24)

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1115 Reviews | 290 Followers
Slow, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if A play based on Vietnam memorial. It raises interesting points.

Don't see it if A little rework needed but still decent.

913 Reviews | 265 Followers
Great staging, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy reflective plays based on a real event that also have you consider what is represented in how we memorialize everything.

Don't see it if you want lots of action-here many scenes move at a slower pace allowing thought on the interactions & purposes. Voices sometimes hard 2 hear

739 Reviews | 112 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like a well written and acted play about the controversy behind the building and creation of Vietnam Memorial. Very thought provoking.

Don't see it if you don't like ethnic slur terms or arguing between characters. Read more

499 Reviews | 250 Followers
Relevant, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A strong & moving production focusing on the creation of the Vietnam Memorial. This production has great potential.

Don't see it if If you prefer a light musical or comedy, then skip this one. Read more

549 Reviews | 59 Followers
Interesting idea. cliched. banal.

See it if You support new playwrights.

Don't see it if You want a well written play with dimension.

484 Reviews | 134 Followers
Relevant, Important, Educational, Original, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s design for the Viet Nam War Memorial. You enjoy plays that have a history theme

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play. Don’t see it if you don’t enjoy plays based on real life events and situations. It is not a comedy.

498 Reviews | 133 Followers
Cumulative punch, Patiently powerful, Heart tugger, Thought-provoking, Kleenex required

See it if U think examining democratic process of compromise vs. individual artistic vision is worthy fodder, U like intimacy & turbulence on stage

Don't see it if don't care about why decisions are made & how much of a fight getting anything accomplished is, U hate seeing racism & misogeny on stage

507 Reviews | 73 Followers
Maya lin's memoir

See it if Maya Lin’s experience as an Asian American female through the backlash and controversy of her Vietnam War Memorial design.

Don't see it if Anti-Asian racism, sexism, agism; fictionalized story; messiness of gov / democracy; straight-forward / predictable plot. Read more

Critic Reviews (5)

The New York Times
January 26th, 2023

CRITIC'S PICK! “ 'Memorial' does for Lin’s legacy what she has striven to do in her work — invite people to consider uncomfortable truths."
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Talkin' Broadway
January 22nd, 2023

“ ‘Memorial’ monumentalizes an important and not altogether shining moment in our past and offers a useful reminder of the lessons that are all too soon forgotten.”
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January 24th, 2023

Not only is Livian Yeh’s "Memorial" revealing in its historic depiction of a recent piece of American history, it is additionally a very satisfying dramatic work. It is also very pertinent now with its depiction of racism against Asians shown to have been just as prevalent 40 years ago, as well as how deeply ingrained our unexpressed prejudices go. Jeff Liu’s direction mines all of the play’s nuances, twists and turns. The superb design adds greatly to bringing the play to life, suggesting more than is actually on the stage.
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New York Theater
January 22nd, 2023

Maya Lin was still a college student when her design was selected out of more than 1,400 entries…”Memorial,’ a low-key, imperfect but resonant play dramatizes this forty-year-old story [that] continues to offer an opportunity to contemplate some deep, unresolved strains in American history and culture, not least of which is anti-Asian prejudice.
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Off Off Online
January 24th, 2023

Some elements of this well-intentioned but stilted dramatization show the hand of a relatively inexperienced playwright, but Livian Yeh's exhumation of this contentious episode from the past offers clear parallels with the present.
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