The Half-Life of Memory

Theater, Drama
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Cold Basement Dramatics dives into the deteriorating mind of a Manhattan Project scientist. Salek is visited by paranormal representations of his former colleagues and love interests as he tries to finish his work and determine the fate of mankind in Jason Lindner's drama.

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Daniel S

I saw the show this weekend and loved it! I wrote some thoughts below.

The show gives a dark but often funny look at the mind of a man suffering from dimentia as he can't help but remember his regrets and missed opportunities. As a physicist who worked on the atomic bomb, his memories return in the form of his past coworkers such as Einstein. They are not meant to be accurate representations of historical characters but manifest the conflict happening in Salek's mind. They are waging a war against each other and want to use the power of Salek's radioactive memories to build a bomb. Their often vaudevillian, laugh out loud scenes are juxtaposed with the tragic reality that Salek is actually in a hospital on deaths door and this is all in his drug-induced imagination. This complex play will get you thinking and will thoroughly entertain you to the end. It is certainly a play worth seeing.