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.
FROM THE ARTIST:
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
"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
"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
“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
"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
"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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.