Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski
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Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski

Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

The true story of a WWII hero who put his life on the line to expose the atrocities of the Holocaust

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655 Reviews | 129 Followers
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful true story about a man who did everything possible to report what was going on in Poland during WWII and having no one to help him.

Don't see it if One man show or a show about the Holocaust, or not into heavy show.

635 Reviews | 237 Followers
Disappointing, Cliched, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You love stories about the Holocaust — no matter how many plays/movies you’ve seen. And Strathairn is a master.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a “new” Holocaust story. There wasn’t much revelatory here. The writing is somewhat formulaic & would make a better book.

543 Reviews | 133 Followers
Harrowing, Heartbreaking, Masterful acting, Poignant, Absorbing

See it if Strathairn's performance is not to be missed. He portrays all the characters in the play as well as the brutality & apathy of world leaders

Don't see it if You are looking for a light evening at the theater. Remember This tells & shows the evils of the Holocaust, war and injustice.

544 Reviews | 58 Followers
Wonderful heartbreaking show.

See it if If you want to see a solo show brilliantly performed and written.

Don't see it if The subject matter upsets you.

474 Reviews | 68 Followers
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Catholic Polish diplomat shares his observations and refutes that political leaders did know Holocaust's systemic killing of Jews all along.

Don't see it if Holocaust, death, suffering, WWII, torture, challenging history / leaderships' claims, one-person shows aren't your thing. Read more

469 Reviews | 54 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if like one person shows, theatre about the Holocaust, and/or David Straitharn. Show really pulls one in to listen to the story.

Don't see it if not a fan of one-person shows.

446 Reviews | 67 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Must see

See it if Rates as on the best solo performance productions I've ever seen. David Strathairn is amazing and the staging is superb. Please see it!

Don't see it if Even if solo shows are not your thing, this one should be seen.

441 Reviews | 72 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate masterful performances and need another way to process why even today many refuse to accept ugly truths about evil behavior

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows or if you insist all has already been said about the holocaust (which is not true for this show)

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
September 15th, 2022

"'Remember This' serves as a remarkable showcase for Strathairn, who moves fluidly among characters and time periods."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 15th, 2022

"The play is on surer ground when engaging with Karski on a human scale, and Strathairn is exceptionally able to breathe electricity into it."
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The Wall Street Journal
September 15th, 2022

"'Remember This' immerses us much more powerfully in the experience of Karski himself. The culminating scenes are particularly sobering."
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September 15th, 2022

"In all the intellectualizing of Jewish history, it's become rarer to see something like 'Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski' — a plain testimonial that does not ask you to ponder different angles of an argument or gently consider the other side of an 'if' statement."
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Lighting & Sound America
September 15th, 2022

Remember This is a vital slice of history, delivered by an extremely accomplished actor…but, just as Karski admits repressing his emotions to keep going, it's hard to not do the same. Before one can take in any of the script's atrocities, it is replaced by something worse, causing one to feel overwhelmed. The climax, detailing with brutal honesty the futility of Karski's mission, offers no relief; a kind of epilogue, tracing his academic career and marriage, also ends in tragedy. This is a story that must be told, but I'm not convinced that this is the ideal format.
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New York Stage Review
September 15th, 2022

"So, it follows that we live in a world where a theater piece about the immeasurable damage resistance to truth can cause acquires an especially powerful meaning."
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New York Stage Review
September 15th, 2022

"In this moving, immersive tribute to one man’s efforts to expose the truth, Karski’s adjurations live on. His message does not age: that we must listen and act in the presence of inhumanity and unimaginable evil."
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September 17th, 2022

Aside from his ability to create multiple characters with his voice and body language, Strathairn’s physicality is remarkable in aging from a young man to a senior citizen before our eyes as well as using the table for enacting various events such as jumping off of a train or Karski’s torture by the Nazis. (The masterly movement director is Emma Jaster.) In the brief 90 minutes of playing time, Strathairn is able to establish a quietly heroic man’s entire life and career with modesty, sincerity and simplicity. It is not only a remarkable performance, it is also an impressive reconstruction of another man’s character and deeds.
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