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Memorare

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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. More…

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.


Member Reviews (109)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking
86
Avg Score

70
Relevant, Ambitious, 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

82
Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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.

75
Clever, Enchanting, Cliched, Funny, Preachy

See it if White convent copes with racism and fear in NYC 1964. Conflict develops among the nuns. Enjoyable but simple characters. Clever plot twists.

Don't see it if Points are preached repetitively. The girl's emotional state seems too calm given her past. The ending wraps up the issues in a tidy bow.

88
Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, Funny, Great acting

See it if the prospect of seeing issues of belief, doubt, intolerance, love & forgiveness embodied in a series of conflicts intrigues you.

Don't see it if you are too irreligious to suspend your intolerance for religion for two hours & sit in a church -- for a play about religion.

Also The cast here deserves special commendation. 8 very powerful women pla... Read more Read less

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

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.

80
Relevant, Intelligent, Beautiful acting/writing, Sensitive and graceful, Thought-provoking

See it if Want to be fully absorbed in world of ideas, prejudice, emotional scars. It's fine, smart & at times, funny. I think this one's a gem.

Don't see it if No interest in life of nuns, beliefs in God, moral questioning. It's a play about race, cultural differences, secrets, taboos.

Also A few commenters here felt it had a workshop vibe to it, but I respect... Read more Read less

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

99
Great writing, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Funny

See it if DON'T MISS IT!! Great theatre!

Don't see it if DON'T miss it!! Great entertainment

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

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

70
Ambitious, Slow, Relevant, Great acting

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.

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

See it if You wonder what nuns talk about.

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

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like an uber-talented ensemble transport you to another time and place with a razor-sharp script in staging by a deft director.

Don't see it if If you're looking for something easy. This play challenges you.

90
Rewarding, Great acting, Slow, Old fashioned, 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

85
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny, 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 writing, Relevant, Great acting, Must see

See it if want a well done production that explores important issues.

Don't see it if you're bothered by depictions organized religion or are looking for elaborate sets.

68
Clever, Funny, 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

84
Resonant, Relevant, 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

88
Absorbing, Unique subject matter, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if A look into world not often seen-a convent in NYC in the '60s. Amazingly relevant what w/racism in the USA & carnage in the world; well done

Don't see it if You're looking for a full on staged prod-this is in a church (bring warm clothes!); you don't want to see an all female cast; need a comedy~

80
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, 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
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
Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

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.

90
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, 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.

87
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like a well-written play about contemporary issues with good acting.

Don't see it if you don't like a minimal set, church pew seating (the front row has a cushion) or controversial material.

Also A very interesting play taking place in a convent which discusses race... 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.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious

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.


January 25th, 2018
"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 acti...
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