You Will Remember Me

You will remember me-Duval Lang, Maureen Thomas photo by Brian Harder

L to R Duval Lang and Maureen Thomas. Photo Brian Harder.

You Will Remember Me

March 13 – April 6, 2014

Martha Cohen Theatre

http://www.atplive.com/2013-2014-Season/Remember/index.html

 Listen to my review of You Will Remember Me from CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener at http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/episode/2014/03/14/jessica-goldman-reviews-you-will-remember-me/

RATING

For those attracted/repelled by the dementia storyline – One of the most interesting things about this play is that neither the writing or direction veers off  into heartstring pulling manipulation when dealing with the main character’s dementia. In fact, it’s quite matter of fact about the whole disease using Edward’s memory loss to metaphorically comment on modern society’s dismissal with the past and obsession with the now. For those that want an intimate Alzheimer story, there is plenty in the play to connect with emotionally and for those that bristle against stories about dementia for whatever reason, there is a palpable smartness and sense of humour to the story that saves it from being one note. SEE IT

For the occasional theatre goer – You won’t like all the characters and may be shocked by some of their decisions, but this is a story that is beautifully told with many smart, funny, bittersweet, touching moments. SEE IT

For the theatre junkie – Yes some of the character motivation is weak in Archimbault’s narrative, the cast is uneven and the first 30 minutes or so feels like slippery writing and direction, but all this is easily overlooked by what this play ultimately has to offer – An unsentimental, emotionally complex and metaphorical look at a man losing his memory. And what a man he is thanks to the talent of Duval Lang. If you’re already a fan of his work, you will not be disappointed. If this is your first time seeing Lang act, welcome to the fan club. By far the best thing you’ve seen come out of playRites in some time. SEE IT

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One comment

  1. James Hutchison · March 31, 2014

    I agree – See it! See it! See it!

    You Will Remember Me, by Francois Archambault and translated by Bobby Theodore, is must see theatre. A strong script with a great cast in a beautiful production. It’s a real joy to see a play with intelligent characters and smart dialogue full of ideas and observations within the context of an emotional engaging story.

    Congratulations to the cast Duval Lang, Kate Newby, Geoffrey Pounsett, Maureen Thomas and Katey Hoffman as well as Playwright Francois Archambault and Bobby Theodore for a wonderful translation brilliantly brought to life by director Vanessa Porteous and the entire production team Laurel Green, Scott Reid, Deitra Kalyn, Mike Gesy, Corwin Ferguson, Johanne Deleeuw, Samira Rose and Shenna Olsen.

    See it! See it! See it!

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