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
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.
"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."
"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."
“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.”
"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."
"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."