MvVO Art Launches AD ART SHOW
Off Broadway

A Persistent Memory May Never Of Had One To Begin With

A Persistent Memory May Never Of Had One To Begin With
Ariel Estrada, Drew Ledbetter

Ariel Estrada, Drew Ledbetter Photo by Russ Rowland

You wonder how a show gets produced and more importantly cast when the first thing you see is an actress miming playing a violin and it looks like she has never played before. Jackob G. Hofmann’s A Persistent Memory, which opened tonight at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row doesn’t have a whole lot going for it.

Claire Warden, Richard Prioleau

Claire Warden and Richard Prioleau. Photo by Russ Rowland

David Huntingon (Drew Ledbetter) is rich, spoiled, womanizer, who is damaged. On a trip to Uganda, while interviewing Olivia (Victoria Vance), a Belgian UNICEF worker, who’s worried about a change in elephant behavior, he is hit on and later on sleeps with the cougar worker. Olivia explains several months earlier a Brazilian poet was trampled to death and the elephant mourned so she died over the incident.

Elephant expert Karem (Ariel Estrada), explains to David that humans “David,” are like elephants, they remember more than they should.

David is dealing with the deaths of his mother and brother, as his stepmother Marie (Lisa Bostnar), his friend Elijah (Richard Prioleau) or his girlfriend Carly (Claire Warden) try to send his demons packing.

It is hard to tell where exactly this play fails, as the acting is so inconsistent and the cast speaks in sing song that it lulls you to sleep. The plot is so convoluted, that you just don’t care enough to pay attention. Ledbetter is not charismatic enough to make us care and his role, which is thinly written and confusing.

Jessi D. Hill’s directing doesn’t help. Even the design elements don’t fuse properly.

I honestly don’t understand how this got produced. For a 90 minute show, it felt like an eternity.

 A Persistent Memory: Beckett Theater, 410 West 42nd St. until June 18th.

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

More in Off Broadway

Mlima’s Tale: The Cruelty of Torturous Profit

Suzanna BowlingApril 21, 2018
Ian Duff, Jake Horowitz. Photo by Spencer Moses

Dutch Masters: Relationships Reoriented Based on Revelations and Weed, Not Painters

RossApril 19, 2018
Allyson Kaye Daniel, Luba Mason, Courtney Balan,Celeste Rose

The Cast and Crew of Unexpected Joy Meet The Press

Genevieve Rafter KeddyApril 19, 2018
Gizel Jiménez, Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Miss You Like Hell, A New Musical That Fills My Negative Space with Tears and Joy

RossApril 18, 2018
Women on Fire: Stories from the Frontlines

Kathleen Chalfant, Elizabeth A. Davis, Laila Robins and Mary Testa Are Women on Fire: Stories from the Frontlines

Suzanna BowlingApril 17, 2018
Once On This Island

Meet Dane Laffrey The Set Designer of Once On This Island and Summer and Smoke

Suzanna BowlingApril 16, 2018
Sepideh Moafi, Ben Steinfeld

One Thousand Nights and One Day Taps into the Universe and Captivates

Suzanna BowlingApril 15, 2018
Zach McNally, Mia DeWeese, Tilly Evans-Kreuger, Abigail Bengson, Lenin Fernandez, Lindsey Hailes, , Ida Saki.

The Lucky Ones: A Beautiful Roller Coaster Ride That Breaks Hearts in Order to Heal

RossApril 13, 2018
Be More Chill

New Musical Be More Chill Will Feature George Salazar and Dear Evan Hansen’s Will Roland

Suzanna BowlingApril 13, 2018