New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Remember Me (FringeNYC)

From 5 critic and 14 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Absorbing

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: Helena is trying to move on from her past. Anna is in grave doubt about her own future. Two complete strangers struggling with identity learn to help each other in this unconventional and highly perceptive play from Finland. More…

Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. From Scandinavian American Theater Company. Written by Minna Nurmelin. Directed by Drew O'Kane.

Jackie Sanders* and Heli Sirviö
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Lighting Designer: Evan Kerr Stage Manager: Siri Nerland
Digital Media Coordinator: Alexander Harris
Production Intern: Cecilie Dupont
SATC Artistic Directors: Albert Bendix & Henning Hegland
General Manager: Drew O’Kane
Literary Director: Vanessa Johansson
Marketing Director: Kwasi Osei
New Media Manager: Ellinor Denkert
PR & Audience Manager: Christiane Seidel

Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) is a non-profit theater company founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. We present contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, which includes Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. We are committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange that examine and challenge the cultural status quo.

Remember Me is an unconventional comedy and a highly perceptive piece about life’s painful experiences, offset by sharp dialogue and offbeat humor. We follow two women meeting for the first time during pivotal moments in their lives: Helena is trying to move on from her past and Anna is in grave doubt about her own future. Two strangers that struggle to regain their identities while finding strength in each other. Join us for the US-premiere of one of Finland's best contemporary female playwrights.

An Equity Approved Showcase

1h 15m | Already closed | WOW Cafe Theatre (East Village)

NY Theatre Guide

"These two actresses are powerhouse performers…The dialogue is complex and requires actresses who can make meaning in the spaces between the unrelenting tsunami of word patterns. They make magic out of the cerebral conceptual verbiage…Director Drew O’ Kane has ensured a fast, electric pace to keep the dialogue dynamic and naturalistic...It is a polished and clever production…It’s cerebrally very satisfying…A slick, well put together, little brain-bending gem." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"O’Kane skillfully navigates us though the funny and tragic moments that make up the lives of these two different women, and Sanders and Sirviö both do a terrific job at handling the emotional moments and interior monologues in the play...At times the play itself seems to meander, but Nurmelin creates luminous and appealing characters and an engaging story...'Remember Me' is a beautiful, wistful, and often funny play that I won’t soon forget." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“The actresses render their characters with multiple layers and the complexity of women who have tried to live their lives as best they could, only to find each questioning their choices and themselves. ‘Remember Me’ touches on mortality and lays bare the limitations of cultural expectations placed on womanhood and femininity, and the ideals that are still so heavily ingrained in people even when they challenge these expectations and ideals.” Full Review

Theater In The Now

"The writing was well done, but almost too well-done...The entire point of theater is to stretch the imagination of the audience through thought-proving moments on stage, not tell them why or how they should be thinking…Overall, 'Remember Me,' was a great attempt at capturing two women’s present and subconscious psyche. It was enjoyable to watch this idea appear on stage, but tweaking is still needed in order to engage the audience more and quite frankly, excite the audience." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Both women feel aimless; unfortunately, so does much of the play. While the set-up is thought-provoking, the execution is often stilted...And although the difference in personalities between the two women inspires some funny moments—particularly in Anna’s many conversational blunders—the play’s cerebral soliloquies are hit or miss. Both characters are keeping secrets from each other, and the climactic revelation of Anna’s is moving. Yet the play as a whole remains a fixer-upper." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like intelligent writing and great acting

Don't see it if you don't like sparse set design

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Conversation is a form of art that strikes you.

Don't see it if You want to see Sylvester Stallone.

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you are looking for something a bit different. Very European. Some inspired bits of staging here.

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged. It deals with some big issues but in a fairly light way.

Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want a crisp two-hander, and you're compelled by the premise that you might be more yourself with strangers than people you know.

Don't see it if you need a firm resolution to things, since these two characters end the play still very much in inner turmoil.

Slow, Relevant, Great acting

See it if looking for a well-acted intimate play

Don't see it if the structure of "something weird happens in the 1st half and we learn what it is towards the end" is too slow for you

Overrated, Unremarkable

See it if you want to see characters explore who they are as an individuals.

Don't see it if you want to see something memorable, because this play tried to do too much and nothing stuck out. I give it a C- grade.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy verbal gymnastics and good strong performances

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of wordy cerebral plays

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Scandinavian

See it if you love great acting and great writing!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of nordic, thought-provoking theater.

Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Must see, Original

See it if A great show with superb acting! A must-see before it ends.

Don't see it if You're expecting a heavy Scandinavian drama. This show brings you something different!

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in a thought-provoking look at issues of identity and loss.

Don't see it if You're not one for a European, slightly ambiguous, sensibility.

Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Original, Relevant

See it if You resonate with challenges faced by changing life circumstances, especially women, but not exclusively.

Don't see it if You are easily confused

Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Original

See it if You enjoy stories that reflect the trivialities & challenges of existence. Delivered with poetry, specificity, timing and Penache.

Don't see it if You only like sci-fi or musicals or want a big show. This is intimate theatre. It's 2 characters, few props. The writing/acting is in focus

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You are looking for a thought-provoking cultural experience. The two actors are what carry this show through its moving surprising climax.

Don't see it if You want to wonder what will happen next to these characters in its erupt resolution.

Indulgent, Banal, Quirky, Disappointing, Good acting

See it if You want to support a Scandanvian American theatre company and you enjoy character driven plays. And the two actors are good.

Don't see it if You want a play with characters who actually need each other. Or a play with a consistent style or direction. Was boring at times.