Already closed | 1h 20m | East Village


From 5 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Resonant, Great writing

About the show

Solo artist Dael Orlandersmith's uplifting semi-autobiographical exploration of the family we are born into and the family we choose. More…

'Forever' is a solo performance that draws from Orlandersmith's own pilgrimage to the famed Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - the final resting place of legendary artists such as Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. Orlandersmith finds unexpected grace in a gripping tale of the legacy a daughter inherits from her mother.

1h 20m | Already closed | 4th Street Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (5)


Absorbing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Resonant, Great writing
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if A tour de force. Deeply affecting. I was with her every second. What an amazing performance! What a life!

Don't see it if Some of the events of her life were very graphic and deeply disturbing.

Confusing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you like one person shows

Don't see it if you hate one person indulgent shows

Absorbing, Exquisite, Moving, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if you like one-person shows; what you really want from the theater is intimacy; if you want to hear a real story of hardship and triumph.

Don't see it if you want more than one woman on a stage as your idea of a show.

Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to hear a very personal story from a master theatrical storyteller.

Don't see it if you're expecting perfection. The performance is a little stilted, the stories don't add up to enough.

During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Indulgent, Tight, Disturbing

See it if you like autobiographical solo shows about really tough subject matter, done in a compelling way by someone with real stage presence

Don't see it if you want an easy evening of laughs, or are uncomfortable with someone who really hates her mother, for very good reasons.

May 4th, 2015
"Ms. Orlandersmith holds us in a taut, quiet spell for the 80-minute show...relates the grimmest details of her youth from the perspective of the accomplished writer and performer who transcended them. She can access the pain and the fury, and bring it alive for us with spellbinding immediacy."
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May 4th, 2015
"potent, wrenching...those allergic to poetic survivor solos might wonder if we need another yarn of escape and empowerment, but Orlandersmith’s cutting language and cool, patient delivery hold your attention. 'Forever' begins and ends in Paris’s Père Lachaise cemetery, and it reminds us that whi...
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May 4th, 2015
"At times, 'Forever' — Dael Orlandersmith’s new solo piece about growing up with a violent drunk of a mother — is like the film 'Precious,' only with songs by Patti Smith. You’ll either be shaken by the emotional violence or leave feeling guilty for not being affected...Art as therapy isn’t alway...
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May 4th, 2015
"Orlandersmith implicitly asks: What if we used this opportunity to paint a realistic portrait of the dead, rather than a touched-up glamour shot? The result of this experiment is a mixed bag of compelling ambiguity and boring unprocessed emotion."
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