Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

The Nature of Forgetting

From 17 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Ambitious, Resonant, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

Through intricate choreography and a cinematic live musical score, London-based Theatre Re creates a narrative of heartwarming humanity. More…

Flying downhill on a bicycle. Whispering with a sweetheart. Wedding toasts and first dances. When the past begins to dissolve for Tom, a father experiencing early onset dementia, happy childhood moments collide with momentous adult milestones in tangled threads of memory. 

1h 15m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (17)


Great staging, Ambitious, Resonant, Absorbing, Clever
Avg Score

Sloooooow, Purposely confusing, Repetitive, Not for kids, Ambitious

See it if you're a VERY patient adult, fascinated by dementia. Repetitive sequences (desks/chairs moved on-and-off constantly). Music loud/agitating.

Don't see it if you get bored. Upsetting and scary (Tom hurts daughter). Charming moments, but too few and far between. All white cast/band. Few words.

Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate a very well put together story about the illness of dementia. Done mainly with mime and music, this is a masterful portrayal.

Don't see it if you do not like the subject of dementia or Altheimers. This is a very visual and physical production for the actors.

Also This was done in the New Victory theater which is mainly for children.... Read more Read less

Repetitive, by design, Sensory sensitivity? beware., Some beautiful staging, Scary and dark for kids, A very long 75 mins.

See it if Are curious how a mid-age man w memory probs might see the snapshots of his life. Few spoken words-mime, choreography repeats and repeats.

Don't see it if Under 12, hate intense music/lighting, are unable to watch depictions of dementia, want a trad'l play, not ok with staging that confuses.

Resonant, Intricate choreography, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like dance movement and stories told in alternate ways (e.g. non-dialogue). The music and choreography are incredible.

Don't see it if you want a traditional dialogue show. But you're selling yourself short if you miss this.

Entertaining, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if a quick stylized version of a person who's suffering mental loss - but yet accessible to all audiences - even the kids were quiet

Don't see it if more of scenes, ideas and not full fleshed out story/dialogue which may not be for everyone

Edgy, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like a show with lots of choreography...

Don't see it if you don't like shows that have themes about dementia...

Accomplished, Absorbing, Poignant, Must see, Smartly done

See it if you can appreciate a moving choreographed story about one person's efforts to stay mentally connected.

Don't see it if you have no experience w/dementia or care enough to see a performance that astutely depicts the scary happenings w/in one man’s fading mind.

Also The subject matter is a difficult one and it was conveyed masterfully,... Read more Read less

Clever, Resonant, Great staging, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if love creative and touching stories told through text and inspiring movement. It was beautifully conceived and staged captured my heart!

Don't see it if you find plays about dementia and memory loss difficult.

Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you are thrilled and moved by spectacular physicality and complex, intense music.

Don't see it if you are prone to sensory overload. Despite the New Victory setting, it's not for real little kids.

Also I was brought to this by someone who saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe an... Read more Read less

Resonant, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Dizzying

See it if you want to see great choreography and innovative/creative story telling.

Don't see it if you have no imagination or patience. This is definitely "outside of the box".

Also Innovative and creative show about what goes on inside the mind of som... Read more Read less

Brilliant staging, acting, music and story-telling.

See it if you like challenging theater that is still accessible.

Don't see it if you prefer your theater linear.

Also I cannot think of the last time I was so enthralled by a work of perfo... Read more Read less

Intense, Different, Relevant, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if Very different shows interest you. Not much dialogue so sometimes hard to follow the story.

Don't see it if The music is loud and chaotic but portrays the mind of alzheimer’s patient.. If you need dialogue to follow then this is not show for you.

Profound, Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see something completely different and magically done. The story is beautifully told through choreography, music, and props.

Don't see it if you don't like to figure out what is going on and prefer straightforward shows. It may get confusing for some.

Also It is unlike anything I have seen on Broadway. It is powerful, heartbr... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Profound, Great staging, Relevant, Clever

See it if You like creative mime, movement, and music which reveal the fragmented world of memories for a man w/ early dimentia.

Don't see it if You need a lot of dialogue in a conventional context.

Slow, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy interpretive dance, or you have a loved one with memory loss/dementia and would appreciate art sympathetic to the situation.

Don't see it if you are looking for a cohesive, profound depiction of dementia. It's too diffuse & choppy and didn't make me feel like I was in his mind.

Also Well-meaning but ultimately not that moving and doesn't create enough ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like non-verbal, beautiful, moving physical-theatrical pieces

Don't see it if you want something traditional and language-driven

Lovely, Moving, Resonant

See it if you enjoy theater that should affect all ages. Physical theater at its best.

Don't see it if you require dialogue.

March 27th, 2019
“An uncommonly lovely and poignant work that somehow succeeds in viewing and illuminating dementia through an affirmative lens...A wonderfully vibrant music-movement-theater piece that relates a story not so much about memory loss, but about what still manages to remain alive inside somebody’s mi...
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March 27th, 2019
"Within an eventful and captivating 75-minutes, Theatre Re’s production also packs in an awful lot in terms of plot and onstage physical activity, ensuring maximum engagement throughout...Performed with astounding precision and flair by a tight ensemble of just four – in addition to a couple of f...
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February 19th, 2019
for a previous production "During the entire show, there are minimum props used and because there are only four actors performing...It was a unique experience to see this type of performance and make my own interpretation. It truly gave the impression that theatre can be expressed through diverse medium, not only verbally...
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April 27th, 2018
for a previous production "'The Nature Of Forgetting' oozes with such powerful memories of a simplistic upbringing, complete with friends and love and life in all its magnificent glory...A true ensemble piece, each character contributing to the overall picture of joy, laughter and loss. Its premise is both exquisitely sim...
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