Members say: Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

About the show

In this this world premiere drama, a young Nigerian postulant arrives at a New York City convent for refuge, prayer, and a new beginning on a hot and tumultuous day in the summer of 1964.

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The streets are raging with riots after a 14-year-old black boy has been shot and killed by a white police officer in Harlem. The questions that arise in the aftermath of in the postulant's arrival will change the Sisters of Mercy, and the postulant, forever.


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90
On Stage Blog

"A fascinating and timely piece of work. With conversations that are still familiar today, a wonderful cast, and a beautifully-written story, the world-premiere production is a must-see...Throughout the play, the stories of the nuns are told, giving each character solid motivations for their actions and providing a well of emotional depth...McCasland’s writing...is skillful and delicate, artfully creating both loud, shouted moments and intimate conversations between the characters." Full Review

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84
Relevant, Resonant, Interesting venue for theater

See it if You like theater in an unusual setting the church added to the nuns conversations Relevant subject still even as it referenced an earlier

Don't see it if Politics , race, religion are not subjects of interest. The seating and acoustics are not good

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Substance & content!

See it if U want to be excited by excellent theater again! U want a brilliant script that is relevant & well directed with A+ acting.

Don't see it if U are afraid of religious & racial topics, dislike using your mind & heart to absorb serious drama. U want silly frivolous entertainment.

Also A Brilliant Star on the horizon: brilliant playwright Steven McCasland... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Slow, Old fashioned, Rewarding, Special setting

See it if You appreciate how a play can show a sliver and reveal a world.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable seating will dim your appreciation of the work.

Also A traditionally-styled play with a clear arc and structure, a relevant... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if ..you enjoy very modest but well-written production of a moving story about racism and historical events (mid-1960s)

Don't see it if .. you're looking for any flashy production values

70
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You're interested in race in America, the role and responsibilities of the church in communities. Different perspectives on race.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a bare bones production. The show takes place in a beautiful, but small church. There is no raised stage, for example.

55
Ambitious, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Some interesting performances, but the script is predictable and tiresome.

Don't see it if don't have patience with plays in their early form. This is, I presume, a work in progress, and it shows.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if you want to see an intelligent look at how racism was & is still prevalent with a dedicated female ensemble.

Don't see it if you're looking for a "spoon feeding" or a play that is a light entertainment. Or HAMILTON.

75
Relevant, Slow, Nice performances, Sight line and articulation problems

See it if you'd enjoy an earnest, well acted ensemble in a somewhat cliched story with no set and minimal stagecraft.

Don't see it if you have trouble hearing or will be bothered by the sometimes poor sight lines. It's a little long to be performed without an intermission.

Also This is a well thought out script with some talented actors, but there... Read more Read less

85
Enchanting, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you are open to a performance in a church that concerns the church. Although situated in 1964, the same racial issues persist today.

Don't see it if you're expecting lavish staging. The writing is strong as is the acting.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound

See it if You want to see a show about forgiveness and acceptance (or lack thereof) cleverly incorporated into historical events.

Don't see it if You don’t feel comfortable seeing shows that address racism.

Also Felt a bit rushed in some scenes and too explanatory in others but ove... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if The actors was great, the story is excellent, with both it a great show.

Don't see it if You want a big and shine stage, or singing, it touch subjects that was heartbreaking.

79
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Slow

See it if You wonder what nuns talk about.

Don't see it if You like "evil" characters to be complex.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Relevant, Slow

See it if Solid all female cast exs racism in the Catholic Church during the civil rights era.

Don't see it if The accent of one actor, and the acoustics of the church itself, made for a tough time hearing much of the dialogue.

58
Ambitious, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow, Has potential

See it if you're okay with a long, slow, repetitive play that touches on the same conflict over and over and doesn't get very far with it.

Don't see it if A great lead actress with communitytheateresque acting from the rest of the cast isn't your jam. you expected something masterfully written

70
Great acting, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in what NYC was like decades ago vis-a-vis prejudice. You have a thing for convents. You like all female casts.

Don't see it if You expect a religious order to be depicted realistically. You like to hear every word the actors are saying.

Also It seemed odd that the nuns were depicted with such combative characte... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Great cast and writing can be found in "Memorare". While the story develops, each character gets a moment without running down a checklist.

Don't see it if The setting looks great on paper but in practice, it fails due to bad acoustics and no real stage. Don't see it during a cold winter night.

75
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Timely, Great staging

See it if You like shows with a strong cast (all women). You like period pieces with modern parallels. You like shows in unusual settings (a church).

Don't see it if You're picky about anachronisms in a period piece; it's a bit overlong.

82
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well written show with solid performances. Set in a different time, yet the issues raised are just as relevant today.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with representation of religion. Or don’t want to see a show staged in a church.

70
Ambitious, Relevant, Well acted, Repetitive, Needs cutting/shaping

See it if you're interested in racial attitudes in 1964. High concept (Nigerian postulate in a NYC convent) plays out through well-drawn characters.

Don't see it if you want a fully polished script. Superficial discussion of impt issues is oft repeated. Prayer/faith abounds. Not always believable plot.

Also Memorare started out well, but lost steam until the plot twist. I stay... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You'd enjoy seeing a talented all-female cast in a well-written play that addresses race relations

Don't see it if You want a lavish production with fancy staging and costumes, or are offended by plays that confront issues of racism

94
Must see, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

See it if Marvelous to witness such natural chemistry between every single actresses. Balancing sensitive topics of race and faith quite effortlessly

Don't see it if Quaint production happening inside of an actual church. Faith, especially judgment of character, is often questioned in this play

Also Smiled, moved, gasped and giggled throughout this lovely play. Really ... Read more Read less

93
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing, Smart

See it if You enjoy a well written play about nuns during the race riots of 1964 in New York. How they felt inside the walls and in their hearts.

Don't see it if You don't want to watch theatre sitting in church pews. Have no curiosity about nuns lives, esp during the change.

Also I really liked it. Nice ensemble. Thought provoking.

68
Funny, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like good acting an all female cast and relevant themed

Don't see it if You don’t line shows in a church instead of a theatre

85
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if want to step inside a Catholic convent and witness how their protected lives and beliefs are altered as events force them to re-evaluate.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues and simple staging, or don't want to see a play where all the actors are nuns.

Also Overall, I enjoyed this play and found it to be thought-provoking and ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You want to see some very good writing and a great performance. You want to hear some truths about how many people think and behave.

Don't see it if You want a light and fluffy performance. You don't want to see a great performance. You are sensitive to race issues.

Also I was thoroughly entertained by this play. The writer did an excellent... Read more Read less