Reviews are in for Theatre for a New Audience's production of Clark Young and Derek Goldman's Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski. The show, which began previews September 10, opened its New York premiere September 15 at Off-Broadway's Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Performances are set to run through October 9.
Oscar nominee David Strathairn (Nomadland, Nightmare Alley) portrays Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter, World War II hero, and Holocaust witness in the solo show.
Karski volunteered to cross Europe to bring news of the Warsaw ghetto and Nazi concentration camps to the Allied Nations in London, where he alerted British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to the horrors, and the White House, where he spoke with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His reports, however, were received with skepticism and denial.
Read the reviews below.
New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)
New York Times (Alexis Soloski)
Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)
Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.
Remember This marks Strathairn's TFANA debut.
Goldman directs Remember This, which he developed at The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. Karski earned his doctorate and taught at Georgetown for four decades following the war, and Goldman worked with Young on crafting a script almost entirely from Karski's words, informed by Karski's former students and colleagues. Remember This premiered in 2019 at Georgetown and then played runs in London, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
The creative team features scenic designer Misha Kachman, lighting designer Zach Blane, composer and sound designer Roc Lee, costume designer Ivania Stack, and movement director Emma Jaster.
For tickets and more information, visit TFANA.org.
Check out photos of the opening below.