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Memorare

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

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

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

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~

85
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You have any interest in religion, racism or social issues. Great writing and well done overall.

Don't see it if You don’t like small stage productions the theatre is an old church you’re only allowed to sit in the first three pews (perfect considering)

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Great writing

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.

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

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.

75
Funny, Preachy, Clever, Enchanting, Cliched

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.

99
Funny, Masterful, Profound, Relevant, Great writing

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

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

85
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Beautiful acting/writing, Sensitive and graceful

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

92
Funny, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see a profound, character driven new play that exposes racism where least expected. Brilliant writing surprises you with humor!

Don't see it if you're looking for a lavish production. This is a low budget, 1st production of a great play. The church is echo-ey, so sit up front.

Also The convent is merely a backdrop to deeper questions about where love ... Read more Read less

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

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

83
Funny, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Good acting, Endearing

See it if you like character-driven stories; period pieces; plays with a strong, all-female cast; plays that explore racial tensions/outright riots

Don't see it if you need the story to feel natural -- this one feels a bit contrived; you don't want to see racist discussions acted out in front of you

Also I knew little to nothing about the actual riots on which this story is... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

See it if This one is set in a convent in during the Harlem Riots and we have a first hand look at prejudices that exist even behind the convent walls

Don't see it if You are not a fan of dramas. This is very much character driven as we learn the personalities that exist under the habits. A powerful tale.

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if a relevant play that addresses the current volatile racial atmosphere while revisiting the 1964 race riots in NYC.

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical or an escape from reality experience.

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

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want a well written story that is politically relevant today along with a great cast of talented women.

Don't see it if you want something light and easy, though you should still consider giving it a chance.