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
77
Avg Score

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.

During previews
78
Intense, Riveting, Resonant

See it if You would enjoy a thought provoking drama based around the lives of three brothers enduring hardship.

Don't see it if You want to see a comedy or musical.

Also The acting was stupendous on all accounts and the troubled relationshi... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Riveting, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Very engaging play. I sat on the edge of my seat. Glued to the action. Amazing acters. Completely emersed me.

Don't see it if If you want a happy musical. Lots of emotional interplay. Family issues.

During previews
70
Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow, Great acting

See it if You want to see good acting

Don't see it if You prefer a musical

During previews
95
Riveting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Joe Pantiliano, want to see Alex Mickiewicz' brilliant performance (A MUST SEE), enjoy powerful angst filled dramas.

Don't see it if you don't like gritty dramas, only like musicals or comedies, you don't mind missing Alex Mickiewicz' revelatory mesmerizing performance.

During previews
45
Intense performances, elaborate sets, lots of sturm und drang, So much effort for such paltry reward

See it if you want to see three high-octane performances ... joe pantoliano doesn't disappoint.

Don't see it if yelling & screaming & fighting are not your cup of tea.

Also "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing" ... i couldn't get shakes... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Disappointing

See it if you want to watch a play from afar and not feel for the characters.

Don't see it if you're looking to be drawn in.

Also I had high hopes for this show but it left me feeling lukewarm. The ch... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You want to see really good acting across the board

Don't see it if You want to see a feel good, happy show. This is really dark.

During previews
60
Disappointing, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You are a huge fan of Joe Pantoliano, and can tolerate screaming for 1 1/2 hours.

Don't see it if you can't tolerate an overacted, screaming,argumentative family drama. This could have been done much better.

During previews
76
Loud

See it if You like Joe Pantoliano and want to see him in an intimate theater setting.

Don't see it if you dislike yelling & shouting. It was a 90 min performance with about 15 minutes of conversation/dialog & 75 minutes of yelling & shouting

Also Decent story line but unfortunately all the shouting and yelling made ... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Dated, Great acting, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a play with good acting even when the plot is dated, totally expected, with no surprises. Some acting is exceptionally good.

Don't see it if You need plot twists and turns that are not obvious and totally anticipated.

During previews
58
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an interesting, new 90 minute show and you have an interest in the blue collar lifestyle in the 50's.

Don't see it if you want to see a diverse cast, Joe Pantoliano is very disappointing in the cast.

During previews
70
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The ghost of Arthur Miller pervades this "old school" play. Kept me interested with seriously flawed characters bordering on "types".

Don't see it if What I mean by the characters being "types" is they embody characters we've seen before in O' Neill plays and other mid century playwrights

During previews
72
Beautiful, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You love family bonds that push the envelope.

Don't see it if You prefer Big musicals.

Also We saw this in previews and while it could use some minor cuts, it's a... Read more Read less

During previews
69
Uneven acting, Intense, Good staging, Cliched, Confusing

See it if you have high tolerance for exaggerated acting, a lot of screaming

Don't see it if you value subtlety

During previews
69
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched

See it if If you want to see another play where someone returns home after many years away and his problems in readjusting

Don't see it if Tired of the same old story. Nothing special or engaging about this version

During previews
91
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You Enjoy great acting & like a story of a family struggling with difficult circumstances while revealing character development.

Don't see it if You want a lighthearted story

During previews
65
To much yelling---thin script, Overrated

See it if loud shows thin scripts

Don't see it if you want quality theater

During previews
92
Edgy, Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Strongly acted drama with elements of Arthur Miller & Dostoevsky grabs you. Brotherly tension, angst & family guilt. Got to go to Broadway!

Don't see it if Family tensions are a problem. Or if you require feel-good happy endings.

During previews
76
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if great acting in a dark & intense well constructed drama about a family. There are no light moments so if you like drama this is the show

Don't see it if If you like musicals, comedies and fantasy plays, this is NOT your play. This is an exceptionally well acted dark drama about a family.

During previews
82
Edgy, Riveting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like taut family dramas in deadens construction jobs.

Don't see it if You don’t like lol male working class taut family dramas.


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