Ends Oct 26 | 1h 35m | Midtown W

Nothing Gold Can Stay

From 69 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Intense

About the show

Partial Comfort's world premiere drama offers a love story for the opioid era. More…

From the show:

Clay and Jess have big dreams: college, refuge from the cold Maine winters, and a permanent escape from the paycheck-to-paycheck, rent-a-center furniture lifestyle of their parents. When Jess finds herself temporarily stuck behind and at odds with her stepfather, she moves in with Clay's mom and begrudgingly takes a job at the local chicken farm. Meanwhile Clay heads off to college, counting down the days to his return, desperate to avoid the destiny of his geography. "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is love story for the era.

Featuring Mary Bacon, Adrienne Bengtsson, Peter Mark Kendall, Talene Monahon and Micheal Richardson.

Scenic Design by Jason Simms | Lighting Design by Karen Spahn | Costume Design by Whitney Locher | Sound Design by Sinan Refik Zafar | Stage Managed by Lindsay Kipnis | Casting by Judy Bowman Casting

Member Reviews (69)


Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Intense

Realistic, Sad, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if expertly crafted story with realistic characters, reactions & consequences. Sad, intense & inexorable. Powerful.

Don't see it if Issues of drug addiction are not for you.

Also More than just about addiction, this is about family and choices.

Intense, Resonant, Tragic, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if traditional realistic drama appeals this is an excellent example. The actors are marvelous and the plot structure works well.

Don't see it if 3/4 round stages bother you. Scenes are mostly played to the center section; side seats mean not seeing faces during significant moments.

Intelligent, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if The ways of an oxy junkie perilously impact her boyfriend's family."I'm sorry for living in your home and betraying your trust."Great Acting

Don't see it if The uniformly terrific acting compensates for the wobbly working-class accents throughout. "Swallow what's left of your bad blood & see Mom"

Also "She's as useless as a white crayon/Anytime is ham time"

Involves frequent themes, Excellent writing, Great direction, Superb acting, Relevant

See it if you like superb writing, acting, directing, interesting realistic well developed characters & themes of drug abuse & effects on loved ones

Don't see it if you are tired of the theme of drug abuse & a serious, rather than "light," exploration of people coping with such difficulties.

Tragic, Intense, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like slow-burn, family-centered dramas.

Don't see it if the subject of the opioid crisis will trigger you.

Also Slow-moving despite the rapid scene changes; a predictable story that'... Read more Read less


See it if How poverty, low economic opportunity, rough living conditions fuel the American opioid epidemic. Perhaps more real than fiction.

Don't see it if Opioid abuse destroying a family is triggering / too depressing. Gaps of time in plot annoy you. Lacks drama despite life and death scenes.

Also Diversity: all blue collar, close to poverty people in a small town. ... Read more Read less

Riveting, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in a show about how a drug addict can seriously affect the lives of everyone she comes in contact with

Don't see it if you're not up for an intense drama about drug addiction

Also This is a well-scripted, well-acted play showing the impact a drug add... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like intimate theater about relevant sad stories,& complicated family dramas , 90 minutes about opioid addiction

Don't see it if You are expecting deep insight and revelations. It’s not a shocking story but it rings true even if it doesn’t quite go over the edge.

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a compelling and well acted show about addiction.

Don't see it if you find the topic of addiction too difficult.

Haunting, Good dialogue, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Well acted, especially Mary Bacon as the mom. Devastating story portrayed realistically, with some humor to make it palatable.

Don't see it if The accents were uneven and a bit distracting and many scene changes to allow time to pass made it a bit choppy. The story was haunting.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you'd enjoy great acting in an intimate setting sharing a story of family drama dealing with drug addictions and its consequences.

Don't see it if you dislike the theme of drug addictions and the tragedies that follow or the sufferings of a parent dealing with addictions of a child.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if After kissing a few frogs this past week, I finally met this prince of a play. The casting is perfect in this incredibly well written play.

Don't see it if Due to the fact the story unfolds over several months, the scenes changes are a bit too short & numerous. The emotional result is worth it.

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you'd like to see outstanding acting in a resonant play about the effects of drug addiction on the addict and family that needs to be seen!

Don't see it if no reason not to see it unless you really can not handle a play honestly dealing with drug addiction.

Must be seen, Didturbing, Powerful

See it if you want to viscerally experience the myriad of tragedies associated with opioid addiction.

Don't see it if you think you understand, intellectually, the problem and its solution.

Also This is a simple, honest piece of theater which forces one to look har... Read more Read less

Playwright finds beautiful & heartbreaking nuances in this often distressing tale ...

See it if you want to defy the appraisal from the paper of record. Once again one of their reviewers gets it all wrong. Don't miss this rewarding play

Don't see it if serious & disturbing subjects subtly handled are not part of your theatrical fare

Also The skill of the quintet of talented actors could not be bettered. Add... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A heart wrenching story that is done beautifully! Filled with laughs and truthful insights - not your everyday family drama. Go see it!

Don't see it if if you want to see a drama about a serious topic. The drama centers around the opioid crisis. It's serious subject but worth it.

Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see great acting and perfect casting. I am so impressed with this show. Every single actor delivered an impressive performance.

Don't see it if You want a fluffy or cute show Or If small theater in the round does not appeal to you.

Must see, Resonant, Profound, Absorbing

See it if You like relevant shows about a common but serious problem in society

Don't see it if You are looking for a light hearted fluff piece.

Also The show tackles the current opioid/drug problem in a serious way howe... Read more Read less

Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of quiet, slow burning dramas that reflect the lives of real working class Americans.

Don't see it if you do not like slowly unfolding plays or do not want to be confronted with examinations of these United States.

Also Here for a week and have been catching as much theater as I can and th... Read more Read less

Holy cow!!!

See it if you appreciate Holy Cow! theater. As in Holy Cow that make me feel like I was a part of the play and makes you think and feel and examine.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of slow burning family draamas with foul language or drugs.

Profound, Hilarious, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to see an intimate portrayal of how the opioid crisis affects a family, courageously acted and directed in a masterful production.

Don't see it if Opioid addiction is a trigger for you.

Also The acting is subtle and real, as is the direction. So much heart, hum... Read more Read less

An absolute must see!!!

See it if you are a fan of naturalistic theater where realistic characters are presented with grace and consideration and love. A Must See!

Don't see it if I do not know a reason why you would not see this, unless you are in need of fluffy escapism or do not appreciate slow burning theater.

Also I happened to see this with a friend last night who told me that it wa... Read more Read less

Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You want to see sharp, moving, incredibly grounded actors in a play that handles a heavy subject with great humanity, and just enough humor.

Don't see it if Realistic drama surrounding addiction upsets you.

Resonant, Masterful, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if excellent acting, directing, and writing are up your alley. This has all of that and more.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the trials and tribulations of working class people from Maine. This is not always an easy watch but it is worth it.

During previews
Great acting, Moving, Funny, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you'd like a strg script performed by very strg actors. Audience held its breath during penultimate scene. Engrossing. Well staged on sm set

Don't see it if you object to swearing or depictions of sex. Difficult subj matter, but well handled. Accents wobbly (drop them?) All white cast. 100 mins

October 9th, 2019
"Stuck in Maine in ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’: Friends and family about to be left behind when a young man goes to college reckon with a world of narrow choices in Chad Beckim’s play."
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October 8th, 2019
"The Preciousness of Life in Beckim's 'NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY'"
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October 15th, 2019
"Many scenes are brutally, thrillingly honest -- especially when it comes time to make an inventory of the human wreckage onstage -- marking Beckim as a new writer to watch."
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October 8th, 2019
4/5 Stars "'Wasted Youth Among the 99 Per Cent': The opioid epidemic upends two families in a stirring new play by Chad Beckim"
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