Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Drift

From 52 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Slow

About the show

Emmy Award winner Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”) stars in this world premiere drama set in the blue collar, urban landscape of the 1950s. More…

From the show:

A broken family shattered by personal destruction. A salvation that gives them hope. Set in the blue collar, urban landscape of the 1950’s, DRIFT is the hard-hitting new drama where secrets come to a head, difficult choices must be made, and startling consequences must be faced. The world premiere of a new American play, starring Emmy Award® winner Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”) and directed by Academy Award® winner Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby).

1h 40m | Already closed | New World Stages (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (52)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Slow

78
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you want to see an interesting story of family relationships unfold. Some of the past events were a bit confusing.

Don't see it if you don't want to hear actors screaming at each other -- a lot of yelling, as the whole play was presented at a fever pitch.

90
Take a whiff of drift

See it if Like seeing celebrities taking acting seriously.

Don't see it if Hate battling the maze of theaters within a former cineplex to find the theater. Hate all male casts.

Also The entire cast is excellent, as expected when directed by someone who... Read more Read less

84
Intense, Raunchy, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy seeing blue collar families work through their issues in their own way, you enjoy seeing the pain of family secrets

Don't see it if you don't like witnessing anger and loud voices, you want a comedy

91
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy family drama. The actors do a great job bringing the story to light

Don't see it if You enjoy only musicals and comedies.

89
Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Great acting in tense family drama

Don't see it if You don't like dark plays and raw conflict

70
Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Resonant, Dated

See it if you like old-fashioned, straightforward dramas; you're a fan of someone in the cast (breakout work by Alex Mickiewicz!).

Don't see it if you don't want to see another play about white men. The script is very traditional; don't go expecting anything new or fresh.

During previews
88
Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like contemporary stories that are well written and well acted and have exceptional staging for their limited space.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a fluffy musical. This is a good serious drama. Well acted and well written.

Also Shades of Of Mice And Men here without it being any sort of copy at al... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Sensitive, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Absent Chicago bro returns to reassemble orphaned other bros."Some people got this inside of them and it just makes its way out"Fine acting.

Don't see it if Underneath the angry exasperations is a tender, sensitive drama screaming to get heard. "Broke as a joke, walking around like street meat."

Also "I would rather hold you then let you drift away/Did you cause that dr... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Betrayal, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Three brother all have heavy drama/tragic. Sometime the people are not what they seem. The acting is great.

Don't see it if If you want a quiet show, they are loud. or you want a happy show.

During previews
74
Too much yelling, needs to be toned down, Nice set

See it if acting is good, each actor had time to shine. Clever set.

Don't see it if Story a little thin. Director needs to tone things down, way too much screaming. Most of the show is in one furious register.

Also Made me think of the play Orphans by Lyle Kessler.

During previews
71
Intense, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like a drama with a lot of conflict between characters.There is much shouting which after a while became tiresome.Plot is confusing.

Don't see it if you don't like stories about conflicts within family or a lot of shouting.

Also This was first preview. With some adjustments in plot to make it clear... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Great acting

See it if You'd enjoy the tale of 3 brothers (2 who have hot tempers & 1 who is very shy), a boss who acts like a father to them, and dark history

Don't see it if You don't like extreme violence on stage in the next-to-last-scene, where one character is confronted about the truth of the past.

During previews
88
Nice old school feel

See it if you like old school family dramas that feel like Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams wrote them a long time ago

Don't see it if You are hoping for a happy and cheerful piece of theater

Also I’m not sure if this is a really good thing or a really bad thing but ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Funny, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want an engrossing story about a dysfunctional family and their questionable affiliations. Holds your interest until the conclusion,

Don't see it if you want a musical or a comedy. This had some funny moments but overall, a dark drama.

During previews
82
Good performances, Well written, Ambitious

See it if Family history drama. Story of 3 brothers and their memories of their father. Intense acting, Multiple conflicts. Brief violence.

Don't see it if You prefer happy or funny entertainment.

During previews
90
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if A gritty melodrama with twists and turns by an impassioned cast intrigues you.

Don't see it if You only like fluffy fare.

Also This is a throwback to the best of black and white PLAYHOUSE 90. Joe P... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like depression era family drama With a good set , and sad stories The ending packed a punch that redeemed it

Don't see it if Uneven writing and ineffective Yelling. It needed editing at 90 minutes and a more nuanced touch

During previews
75
Riveting

See it if you want a hard-hitting drama. Excellent acting of a tough story make this show gripping.

Don't see it if you want a light, fun evening.

During previews
82
Secrets uncovered & violently exposed, 3 troubled bros in dysfunctional family

See it if 1957-set drama on 3 bros, an ex-con, would-be boxer & special needs & gifted "baby" brother who must face how their father died.

Don't see it if you dislike intense plays on tough circumstances, out-of-control emotions, family secrets or 90 minutes w/o intermission. Pantoliano strike.

Also This construction drama draws you in: 3 bros, eldest Angelo just retur... Read more Read less

During previews
85
A display of unwaivering family bonds, Heartbreaking, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy good dramatic performances. This one has that.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a well done gritty drama that shows the heartless underbelly of greed, and the grip it has on good people.

Also What you thought you knew wasn't reality after all. Even good people s... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like a well-acted absorbing drama about 3 brothers impacted by the death of their father, unsure whether he died by suicide or murder.

Don't see it if you can't handle lots of screaming - there is a lot here - or if you don't like dark family dramas.

During previews
85
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well acted gritty family drama set in 1957 Chicago

Don't see it if You are easily offended by profanity, wanted to see a musical, comedy or romance

During previews
75
Slow, Great acting, Intense

See it if Want a family drama set in the 1950s with unresolved issues.

Don't see it if Are looking for a show with a quick pace or a riveting story.

During previews
78
Depressing, but worth it, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a thoughtful, well-done play about what drives us and the demons we live with.

Don't see it if you want a light show. Also if you don't like a lot of yelling. The characters are rather angry, which can be tough at times.

Also The writing and acting are so good that I was really pulled into this ... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Ambitious, Great staging, Disjointed, Quirky, Dramatic

See it if A story you have seen a version of somewhere before without adding anything new. Nice to see Joe Pantoliano on stage.

Don't see it if Too much shouting takes away from the performances, & the character development. The writing could be tighter & more nuanced to give actors

Also stronger material to work with.


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