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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Intense
85
Avg Score

96
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
84
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

During previews
96
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful acting. Great space to see works. Love 3 sided viewing Well written. Apt for today's world.

Don't see it if Not for those who need HAPPY.. Audience at our viewing missed the sadness. Public Transportation a problem.

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

See it if you want to see a very well-observed show about the ways addiction affect the lives of everyone surrounding the addict.

Don't see it if you're looking for an escape.

During previews
91
Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Wonderful actors, very impressive and engaging. I was interested and focused the whole time. Very well written play. Intimate production.

Don't see it if If a tale of drug abuse and addiction is not something you want to see.

During previews
87
Thoughtful, Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if interested in a family drama involving opioid addiction & it's devastating effects on family & loved ones. Well written & well cast.

Don't see it if subject matter & a sex scene would be disturbing. There is some much needed humor that doesn't detract from the main thrust of the story.

Also First scene made me feel that I was not going to care for these charac... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Ambitious

See it if A drama about drug and alcohol addiction in a dysfunctional family living in a poverty stricken community in Maine appeals to you,see it.

Don't see it if Do not see if you have had enough of the same old story.Nothing new here.

During previews
88
Relevant, Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want an ultra realistic view of drug abuse and the devastating effects on family. Strong acting makes you feel their pain.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the effects of drug abuse or don’t like small venues

During previews
91
Resonant, Intelligent, Funny, Great writing, Clever

See it if you enjoy ensemble family drama with touches of humor dealing w/ addiction and how it affects not only the addict, but their family as well.

Don't see it if you don't want to see characters that feel true to life...the writing made me feel like these were real people.

Also I was impressed to learn I saw the first preview last night - the char... Read more Read less

During previews
98
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate realistic drama with smattering of humor targeting impact of substance abuse on relationships in a culturally remote society

Don't see it if you are unduly upset by substance and sexual abuse and related death, explicit sexual activity or references, and dysfunctional families

Also The actors’ delivered consistently expert, genuine, and believable per... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Great acting

See it if you want to see a spot on portrayal of addicts and enablers. Brutal portrayal of the danger of "helping".

Don't see it if you want to fantasize about your ability to "help" and come away unscathed.

Also A really merciless play. Shows the flaws of each character. A little p... Read more Read less

During previews
88
Intense, Realistic, Intelligent, Excellent acting, Great writing

See it if you want to see a very well written & acted play. It's dark, but there's enough humor in it to keep it from being too depressing.

Don't see it if plays about the effect addiction has on family members & loved ones hit too close to home;you'll dislike one raunchy sex scene &/or cursing

Also The dialog in this is excellent; the characters seemed really believab... Read more Read less

During previews
70
More like a movie than a play

See it if For the excellent dialogue and some very good performances.

Don't see it if Although this was compelling material it didn't seem suited to a drama.I could see it as a movie with the depressing nature of the town show

Also The lead actress needed some dialect coaching. Just dropping the occas... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Script follows sadly well-worn addiction tropes, Fine ensemble, Intermittently absorbing, Naturalistic family drama

See it if for a well-acted rendition of a sadly common story with an unsurprising trajectory: how addicts take themselves & those they love down

Don't see it if wandering Maine accents or shapeless scenes irk you; predictable behaviors reveal little new about the pathologies of the opioid crisis.

Also The young woman whose addiction precipitates the tragic events is perh... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Intense, Relevant, Riveting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Excellent production that will leave you in tears. Very strong actors and great staging. A believable story of the opioid epidemic.

Don't see it if Opioid topic makes you uncomfortable, then skip the play.

During previews
73
Few insights, Golden performances from some, Solid writing, Won't stay with me

See it if you're interested in strong writing,the opioid epidemic or themes of addiction 7 blue collar lives. The theater company is worth supporting.

Don't see it if you want uplift or easy entertainment. This is naturalism without much revelation or surprise.

During previews
83
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful play about family dysfunction and drug addiction. Talented ensemble of great actors.

Don't see it if If you are offended by drug addiction and the occasional curse word. This show is worth seeing.

During previews
88
Great writing, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you like tough plays about difficult subject matters. Enjoy family drama and don't mind some ambiguity in the ending.

Don't see it if you mind difficult moments and intense and uncomfortable dialogue. Mind a play leaving some to the imagination or crumbs you can pick up.

Also I like plays that have flawed characters and don't let them off the ho... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Heavy

See it if You are looking for an ensemble drama about addiction, family, and loss.

Don't see it if You are looking for lite entertainment.

Also The play grew on me as it went on. The first few scenes felt awkward i... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Young actors with great potential, Social awareness, Clear strong message

See it if How drug addict destroy self & ppl around; actors turn out to be brilliant after a gradual warmup; feel heavy-hearted exiting theatre

Don't see it if Intimate space with 3-sided audience, 3 rows each side; simple set; 90 min no intermission; not entertaining, but with comical moments;

During previews
92
Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you are up for an intense slice-of-life drama about the effects of addition on a family.

Don't see it if you are triggered by drug abuse, foul language, and generally abusive behavior by a lot of characters seen and unseen.

During previews
88
Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Intense story of a family's struggles dealing with addiction. Good acting and storyline as well which made for an interesting experience.

Don't see it if Strong language and difficult subject matter upset you.

Also I really enjoyed the performance of Peter Mark Kendall once again. Fro... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Excellent ensemble, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoy quiet, authentic & funny naturalism about lower middle class struggles with family, work, addiction, getting by & getting "out"

Don't see it if you hated Sweat, Breaking Bad, Manchester-by-the Sea (film), or New England accents. 1hr30min, no intermission

Also This is an A+ ensemble, I really enjoyed this play & by all accounts, ... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Thought-provoking, Solid acting, Rushed, Ambitious

See it if interested in a great ensemble cast exploring the collateral consequences of addiction

Don't see it if want to see something lighthearted, although there is humor; looking for elaborate, big productions

Also Nothing Gold Can Stay does an admirable job of trying to capture the e... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Intense

See it if You are interested in a play that discusses drugs wrecking a working class family in Boston.

Don't see it if You are interested in a play that is a comedy or doesn't depict drug addiction.

Also Overall liked it, but it did feel like there's a scene missing. Withou... Read more Read less


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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