Already closed | 1h 25m | Chelsea

Death of a Driver

From 57 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

About the show

This world premiere from Urban Stages offers a bracing examination of "doing good" abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide. More…

Sarah is an American engineer. Kennedy is an East African taxi driver. They strike up a friendship and embark on a journey to change rural Kenya. When circumstances in the region become tense, the integrity of their alliance is questioned. 

1h 25m | Already closed | Urban Stages (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (57)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant
81
Avg Score

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Romantic

See it if Two super performances Writer's note so important for the tale. Love the way the actress separates poss. romantic scenes from action scenes

Don't see it if Not a happy story. The set needs work (ie: to separates sites) see ALSO

Also Small intimate space works.. Director (nee Abingdon) does a fine job.... Read more Read less

85
Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to understand something about the complex and often confusing relationships of well meaning foreigners in third world nations.

Don't see it if you like your theater light. This is a serious piece that hits hard where it hurts.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want a smart take on relationship differences, both by countries and people, acted very well on a nearly bare stage with good lighting.

Don't see it if you need a full staging to appreciate a good story or you want a happy ending.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you enjoy a very well written and acted drama that takes place in Kenya. Very simple set but very well used. Wonderful character study.

Don't see it if you like a comedy or an elaborate set or don't like a play about conditions or politics in Kenya.

Also This was a wonderfully written play by Will Snider who is definitely a... Read more Read less

77
Very well done show. good story. good performances.

See it if You like proactive story telling.

Don't see it if You don't like serious plays about something.

85
Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want a small smart show with terrific character development and two wonderful actors dealing with political & social themes.

Don't see it if the above pros are not your thing.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see two actors with great chemistry give a great performance in a small theater with simple yet effective staging.

Don't see it if You are not interested in political and social issues anyplace other than the U.S.A. You want to miss out on a great performance.

Also These two did an amazing job in this performance. I enjoyed their humo... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in development and aid work and wonder about the mindset of the people who do it.

Don't see it if You think two people talking about work and politics for an hour sounds boring.

81
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Relatable

See it if You are interested in interactions between Americans and Africans in Africa. Doing good is not as simple as one might wish.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate set. This is a minimally staged production with two actors, but it is beautifully done.

83
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a really thought-provoking show

Don't see it if you don't want to see a show that sets your expectations so high with its topic and description that it would be hard to not disappoint

Also the show is set in Kenya, but could be anywhere the world where there ... Read more Read less

83
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in seeing an exceptional drama. Both Sarah Baskin and Patrick J. Ssenjovu are excellent

Don't see it if you prefer musicals

75
Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if you are interested in third world development--you like "two-handers" --you enjoy exploring moral dilemmas

Don't see it if You want a plot with action-- you get frustrated by accents that are difficult to understand

97
Resonant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A trueful and painful story regarding power, gender and change.

Don't see it if Not interested in Africa.

93
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You’d like to see great performance, great script, great chemistry by actors, a play deals with urbanizing Kenya, local politics, relations

Don't see it if You do not like small bare bone theater, not into serious topics, plays has many layers, politics bore you, profanity bothers you

Also Phonemonal play, punch you so many times, makes you want to learn more... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Intense

See it if You would enjoy a thoughtful two person plays about the challenges of development in Africa and of bicultural relationship generally.

Don't see it if You want a clear take home message and a balance between the two characters (Kennedy is a better character than Sarah).

Also Another issue in the play is the set while sparse is fine it seemed to... Read more Read less

92
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Post-colonialism in Kenya (white female boss vs. local male employee); visceral acting esp. from the guy; informative post-show talk;

Don't see it if You’re expecting big production (this is a black box theatre with 70+ seats); you don’t care about the US and its ppl’s engagement overseas;

Also It’s written by a non-Kenyan (white American), but through a Kenyan’s ... Read more Read less

82
Intelligent, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You have high expectations. The pace of the story is impeccable, you won't be bored. The dynamics between the two characters is just right

Don't see it if You just simply crave for big production.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if adroitly staged warmly acted intelligent drama. excellent antidote to mainstream pat solutions to international relations.

Don't see it if no pat solutions. no good guy vs bad guy. no sets (thank god) and you will have to stay involved to stay involved.

Also When I read the program note contrasting this to Green Book I got scar... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are interested in an intense very energetic well developed dialog between the characters. Direction is excellent, hats off!

Don't see it if If you don't like stories that connects people from 2 different worlds

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play with an interesting premise that has potential but is not fully developed.

Don't see it if unrealistic/poorly supported character choices, repetitive settings (bar-jail-bar-jail etc.), and lack of depth/complexity will bother you.

Also The author's note set up an interesting premise but the play didn't re... Read more Read less

80
Great writing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You like quick plays which have something to say

Don't see it if You don't read your program notes--the play spanned 10 years across the various scenes which wouldn't have known otherwise

Also Only about 75 minutes and an easy walk from Penn Station so worth chec... Read more Read less

92
Well paced, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are concerned about cultural misunderstanding, the culture and politics of Kenya, economic development

Don't see it if You have no interest in the above and do not like two handers (although I am not so fond of them either but I really liked this show)

Also Well paced but the last prison scene could have been expanded more--to... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining

See it if If you like plays with simple staging and a small cast.

Don't see it if You would rather see plays with extravagant staging with a big cast.

91
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Ambitious, Well acted, Well written

See it if you have any interest in development in the Third World, including possible miscommunications and messy politics

Don't see it if you don't care what happens in Africa and other parts of the Third World; or if you think Americans are always right when in other countries

92
Exquisite, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It showed how relationships can develop with people from different cultures.

Don't see it if Your looking for elaborate design sets


March 5th, 2019
"But something about 'Death of a Driver' never quite catches fire. The story has gravity but lacks the sense of pity and terror that tragedy is famously supposed to invoke. Maybe it's partly due to the fact that the play is so brief, and that its short scenes sometimes take place years apart, cre...
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March 5th, 2019
"Top quality theater... Snider provides an intriguing and entertaining story that will keep you captivated and intrigued from start to finish...Both Baskin and Ssenjovu’s performances are strong, clear, natural and come from an authentic place...Direction by Kim T. Sharp seems to have allowed the...
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March 5th, 2019
"There's little here that, with a few tweaks, would prevent the play from being set in any third-world country. The debate over the standards foreign companies must follow when dealing with crooked governments…is a universal one about which Snider offers little enlightenment…More promising, emoti...
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March 5th, 2019
"Successful in delivering the words with a punch...Baskin and Ssenjovu have two things that are essential to making such a play work. First, both are fine actors...The second thing that makes this work is their chemistry...It isn’t just a case of two gifted actors performing their roles, but of t...
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