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A Persistent Memory

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Members say: Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

About the show

Jackob G. Hofmann's new drama examines the virtues of grief, the impact of childhood memories, and why we shouldn't allow our pasts to define us. More…

David Huntington is losing his grip on reality. With every passing moment, his most precious memories are slipping away. But why? In pursuit of answers, he finds himself preoccupied with a mysterious phenomenon that’s plaguing the world’s elephant population. This fixation soon catapults David into a series of unexpected encounters that will ultimately force him to confront dark events in his family’s past.

Member Reviews (15)


Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting
Avg Score

Pretentious, Confusing, Unmemorable, Slow

See it if ...I can't remember why you should see it. (I recall some decent performances & the germ of a good premise about the reliability of memory.)

Don't see it if you aren't prepared to weed through an overstuffed play, with too many storylines and too many scene shifts with too little payoff.

Confusing, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you do not mind disjointed scenes or are interested in an unusual look at human emotions as compared to elephants.

Don't see it if you like conventional quality storytelling and staging.

Original, Flat, Ambitious, Disappointing, Undeveloped

See it if You like elephants – as fellow-creatures, as metaphor, as symbols in an interesting but unrealized drama of memory, loss, grief & redemption

Don't see it if you need to hear the actors. Inaudible voices inexcusable, a disservice to play & audience. Ending only inferred as 1st scene was unheard.

Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like plays that make you think about dark subjects performed by good actors.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that move around in time and explore difficult themes about memory, loss and grief.

Thought-provoking, Original, Great writing, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You like new plays about consequences. About Africa. Learning about elephant behavior!

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained. If you don't like non linear work that makes you think.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Banal

See it if You can enjoy the occasional odd piece of theatre.

Don't see it if It seemed forever long and a bit unorganized, even though that was the point, it wasn't done terribly well.

Ambitious, Well acted, Evocative, Interesting, Original

See it if evocative, original theatre with poignantly acted moments

Don't see it if You don't like plays that are a bit cerebral at times

Confusing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You're interested in stories that blur time. You'll actively work for a theme- there are many thought provoking things but they can be lost

Don't see it if You have a hard time keeping track of details, prefer to be in one place or with one character for a longer time, or want a strong takeaway

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Overrated

See it if You wonder how shows make it to off Broadway. I became as befuddled as the main character David watching this. Non linear timing didn't help

Don't see it if Your going to want the last 2 hours of your life back. You won't get it and there will be no way to justify sitting thru this to yourself.

Great staging, Resonant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like intriguing psychological dramas constructed out of puzzle pieces that the viewer must put together. The set design is breathtaking!

Don't see it if You prefer straight-line play construction.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy off-off Broadway with good acting.

Don't see it if You don't like the theatre.

Enchanting, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You want to be captivated by each performance from each actor, and by an amazing story you will connect to in some way.

Don't see it if you only like seeing fluff pieces.

Slow, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like learning facts about elephants.

Don't see it if you like a well written, well directed play.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you like thought provoking plays. This one makes you think. Story is told out of time sequence, just the way memory works. Terrific acting.

Don't see it if you want to be spoon fed a story. You have to work a bit for this one. Well worth the effort. The staging and directing are brilliant.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you are interested in shows about memory and elephants.

Don't see it if don't like shows that jump between times. There is some holes in the plot and the staging is very fussy.

June 6th, 2016
"It's not that 'A Persistent Memory' is abstruse or hard to follow; rather, it's that the scenes don't build to a coherent portrait of the canker gnawing at David's soul…Furthermore, the script is loaded with plot danglers that never get addressed…Under Jessi D. Hill's direction, the search for a...
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June 1st, 2016
"David doesn't know when he is...Hofmann, with the purest of intentions, has let this plot point dictate the form of the entire play without a believable anchor as to its appropriateness...Ledbetter does all he can with David...but he doesn't link them all together into a single unified personali...
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June 3rd, 2016
"A gripping and emotional account of the experiences that mold human memories and the lasting impact they create...Ledbetter does a convincing job of portraying a young adult who wrestles greatly with being present in life...'A Persistent Memory' is powerfully haunting and will leave audiences po...
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June 1st, 2016
“The play’s development is beautifully structured by the playwright to symbolize and reveal David’s emotional growth however haphazard because it is relayed by emotional memory. This is cleverly effected by Hill’s superb direction evidenced by her choice of dramatic elements in the production des...
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