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

During previews
78
Absorbing

See it if You want a family drama about flawed people trying to help one another and not always doing the right thing.

Don't see it if You want comedy, or are uninterested in seeing a play about addiction.

Also 2 standout performances from Bengtsson and Kendall. Well constructed p... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Intense, Profound, Great acting

See it if You want a peek into how families deal with drug addiction. Are looking for something profound, love drama, great acting, moving characters

Don't see it if You want nothing to do with the subject of drug addiction, OR it's just too upsetting for you, your life is already dramatic

Also Quaint staging, characters have good chemistry, some comical situation... Read more Read less

During previews
97
Resonant, Profound, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like mesmerizing performances of a dramatic play. Amazing modern tale of love and drugs.

Don't see it if you do not like plays about drugs, or dysfunctional families.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if It's what used to be called a "problem" play, about opioid addiction.

Don't see it if Not much of a play though. Things happen, but doesn't click as a play -- it's no "Hatful of Rain." Good acting, from technical skill (the

Also young girl really does the drug addict thing quite well) to emotional ... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Great acting, Resonant, Profound

See it if You love powerful, truthful acting of the highest caliber. This is Rattlestick-style realism: you feel like you are present w/characters.

Don't see it if You are triggered by a stark, realistic portrait of addiction. This doesn't sugar coat.

During previews
92
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like well-drawn characters, good writing and family dramas

Don't see it if You don't want to engage with the opioid crisis.

During previews
90
Riveting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you like intense family drama performed by an excellent cast in a small theater.

Don't see it if you are disturbed by drug abuse or vulgarity. Or if you are looking for a big flashy production; this one is very simple.

During previews
75
Profound, Absorbing, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You want to spend a night at the theater seeing a play about a subject that effects many people in the world today.You like powerful acting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production.This is presented in a very intimate setting, where you will be very close to the action on stage.

During previews
92
Profound, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like stories about real people, struggling with real issues. I felt like I was IN this family's home. I loved them and I felt for them.

Don't see it if you don't like stories about drug abuse ore are offended by cursing. There are real highs and lows and while it is so funny it's not fluffy

During previews
97
Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, The best kind of theatrical gut punch

See it if you want to experience the entire range of emotions at the theater. I laughed, I cried, sometimes both at the same time.

Don't see it if you're looking for a light, fluffy piece of theater. This absolutely is not that. It's often dark and challenging, but always engrossing.

Also My family has been affected by this epidemic, and this is the first ti... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate gritty family dramas, great acting/writing/directing, and humor. Spent the entire night rehashing it with friends. Amazing!

Don't see it if you're squeamish about the opioid epidemic, adult language, or adult (sexual) content.

During previews
93
Masterful, Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Must see

See it if you are a fan of great theater. It's a roller coaster of funny & heartbreaking & profane & heartfelt. The best thing I've seen in a while.

Don't see it if You don't like swear words or portrayals of drug use or sex. (Otherwise, see it.)

During previews
97
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Must see

See it if you appreciate stellar writing/ensemble work, and dark humor - equally hilarious and tragic. (Just amazing stuff - still thinking about it.

Don't see it if You're averse to curse words, adult content, or great theater.

During previews
87
Great writing, Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if you want to be moved, you want to laugh, you want to cry. I found myself literally laughing and then crying throughout. So well done!

Don't see it if you are triggered at all by material about drug use. I have seen things by this company before and they do work that is edgy.

During previews
96
Must see, Riveting, Great acting, Intense, Hilarious

See it if you are a fan of theater that will make you laugh out loud, choke back tears, and leave the theater thinking about what you have seen.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intense plays, swear words, or drug use.

Also The only thing that stuck out to me were the accents. They were mostly... Read more Read less

During previews
95
Great writing, Relevant, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Authentic portrait of family, addiction, class, trauma, and loss. Great dialogue, excellent actors, able to inject real humor while tragic.

Don't see it if You don’t like your theater to make you think.

During previews
95
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's a riveting story about how addiction affects a working-class family. The acting is wonderful and the play is masterfully written.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with opioid addiction

During previews
90
Ambitious, Resonant, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you're from Maine so you can enjoy the realistic warmth of a close-knit family and hilariously crude sayings that remind you of relatives

Don't see it if you are adverse to sexual or dark and emotional content involving drug abuse and death

Also The characters were very well developed - they all had their flaws but... Read more Read less

During previews
87
Intense, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show that will challenge you while you're watching, and stay with you after. I'm still thinking about it!

Don't see it if You're not looking for something super light and diverting. This is an interesting take on the opioid era - but not easy stuff.


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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