Forget Me Not — The Alzheimer's Whodunnit
Rob Gee's solo show is funny — and heartbreaking — as hell
Company: Rob Gee
Genre: Play - Comedy
Venue: 21 - MTYP Mainstage
How's this for a twist on the whodunit? British standup poet Rob Gee makes the unusual choice to set his in an Alzheimer's ward, which leads to all kinds of comic fodder: if your memory is sketchy to begin with, how on earth can you remember if you've accidently bludgeoned someone to death with a paperweight?
Gee is an engaging, goofy performer, who slips effortlessly into multiple characters (at least nine, by my count) — patients, ward nurses with the "interpersonal skills of fighting gerbils," and one metaphor-mixing detective. The writing is smart, witty, and razor-sharp.
But what's most impressive is the way Gee has used the whodunit trope as a way to expose the real-life indignities of living with late-stage dementia. Gee knows what he's talking about: he worked as a registered nurse in psychiatric units for over a decade. He's seen first-hand how "people with the worst memories tend to be the most forgotten about."
Part social commentary, part black comedy, and part Clue, Forget Me Notis the second in a trilogy of shows Gee's written about mental health. He understands that the best way to draw attention to an issue is make it as funny — and heartbreaking — as hell.