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What Is the Story of The Memory Show?
When a mother starts having trouble recalling facts, her adult daughter moves back home to take care of her—or, as her mother sees the situation, her daughter has decided to move back home because she can no longer pay her own rent. Called simply “Daughter” and “Mother,” the exasperated duo faces off in The Memory Show, breaking the fourth wall and begging the audience to see their respective sides of the story as the real story. As it becomes increasingly difficult for Mother to remember where she is, Daughter must come to terms with the fact that despite her around-the-clock care, her mother barely even remembers she has a daughter at all. But when Mother reveals a secret about their past, her precarious relationship with her only child changes for good.
Always a vital presence, Leslie Kritzer brings a warm actuality to her role as the harried Daughter and lends her strong, lustrous musicality to the score.Review by Michael Sommers from New Jersey Newsroom
Cox wears a hint of melancholy behind her gleeful smile, creating a complex portrayal of a woman who's always been emotionally 'difficult' and now finds her past disappearing during a very confusing present.Review by Jennifer Farrar from Associated Press
What Is The Memory Show Like?
The Transport Group production of this intimate chamber musical takes audience members into Mother’s modest living room in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Framed family photos appear to be suspended in midair throughout the living room that feels at times, cozy, and at others, haunting. A quartet of piano and strings accompanies the women as they struggle to live in harmony with one another.
Is The Memory Show Good For Kids?
No. The Memory Show contains harsh language and adult themes. Although most older teens could handle the emotional musical, the story of an adult daughter and her aging mother isn’t likely to interest them.