Already closed | 1h 25m | Chelsea

Death of a Driver

From 56 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 (56)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant
82
Avg Score

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

75
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy plays that deal with very real cultural and political issues.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that jump ahead years in time.

85
Absorbing, Intense, Profound, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You would like to experience something different...thought-provoking, yet funny at times

Don't see it if You are zenophobic

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Very interesting story of African contempory politics. Very well told story of 2 different cultures and an eventual friendship. Well done.

Don't see it if Minimal set (in fact none) and production centers on only characters. If entertainment is preferred, not a good choice.

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy intelligent, relevant plays with a small cast and minimalist set

Don't see it if You prefer large-scale productions

95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You want a thought-provoking, multi-layered story that touches on gender, power, colonialism, patriarchy and some fantastic acting.

Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted stories.

75
Cliched, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you aren't jaded by two-character plays. While this one does not reinvent the wheel by any means, it manages to be engaging.

Don't see it if you do not like political themed dramas done in a fairly barebones fashion,

Also While the play is a two-character piece, it's primary strength is in t... Read more Read less

80
Refreshing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Confusing

See it if African themes, hope, charity, humanity, compassion, politics, racial themes

Don't see it if Multiple years pass by in a short time, dislike missing out on small details,

Also Overall thought provoking and a interesting dynamic between the protag... Read more Read less

86
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in Africa and emerging countries such as Kenya. See it if you like intense performances supported by brilliant writing.

Don't see it if You’re looking for elaborate sets and multiple characters. This play doesn’t need them.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Totally enjoyed the show engaging from the beginning If you like shows about other countries see it

Don't see it if You do not like plays about other cultures

Also Would definitely recommend seeing this show

100
Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You love funny and absorbing plays that tackle complex subjects we don't often think about.

Don't see it if You like stories that are black and white/have a clear moral compass.

97
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You like intelligent, challenging social commentary.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light.

During previews
77
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Staging falls short

See it if You can use your imagination to keep this one together. It’s a little too sparse with its staging to clearly convey exactly what’s going on.

Don't see it if If you can’t be satisfied with a good script and decent acting. Well done bare bones production.

During previews
60
Cliched, Slow, Edgy, Disappointing

See it if A two character story that deals with africa. If you a show that does not have a coherent plot.

Don't see it if Show is slow and accents are difficult to pick up at times.

During previews
41
Great acting, Disappointing

See it if The acting and writing are good

Don't see it if You have trouble with small black box theater that only involve two actors

Also I was really excited for this and was disappointed. Even though I like... Read more Read less

During previews
84
Great acting, Perfect casting, Intelligent, Highly original, Great writing

See it if You enjoy plays with a lot of factual dialogue supporting a realistic situation. You enjoy off beat work that keeps you guessing.

Don't see it if You don’t like 2 handlers. You are looking for something light and frothy.You won’t be able to understand very heavy African dialect.

Also I enjoyed this play as I do most serious ones. It forced me to think a... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Slow, Relevant, Confusing

See it if If you like politically centered plays.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with accents!

During previews
82
Almost bare set, Cross-cultural information, Great acting, Intelligent writing

See it if Well-intentioned investment and development encounters cultural and political barriers that threaten lives and completion of the project.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in work and friendship complications in a foreign country. African accent may be hard to understand.

During previews
55
Important topic but misses the mark, Earnest, Lacks impact, Often boring

See it if you're okay seeing a play with two characters, from different cultures, having a dialogue about an important topic with no real resolution

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a satisfying dramatic build up, impactful dialogue & conclusion

Also Instantly forgettable...and it shouldn't have been.

During previews
85
Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like intimate theater with great acting ,no sets , 2 actors and a lot of interesting content exploring cross cultural complications

Don't see it if You want an easy happy story and a big production.

During previews
89
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you want to get the inside scoop about development work in poor countries - with a bit of humor to draw out the personal side

Don't see it if you don't like two-handers; object to bare-bones staging; no interest in issues regarding socio-economic/development work in foreign country

Also I was fully absorbed watching this play. The script and acting seemed ... Read more Read less

During previews
75
All cultures are not the same

See it if you'd like the expert acting of Ugandan Patrick J. Ssenjovu and Harvard grad Sarah Baskin on tribal and cultural conflicts in rural Kenya.

Don't see it if you don't like small productions, two-man plays with three characters or if you don't want to think much about actions and consequences.

Also Author Will Snider was inspired by Ugandan Mahmood Mamdani, whom he de... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Don't miss it

See it if If you enjoy linear plots & If you like plays that make you question your own ethics & privilege and if You are good with bare staging

Don't see it if You want big staging

Also I saw this on second night of previews. It was already great but could... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Great acting, Good music, Slow, Exciting at times

See it if You’re interested in human relations and a clash of cultures

Don't see it if If you’re impatient and need something that’s entirely fair is moving. If you are unhappy with simple staging or uncomfortable with accents

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you are interested in how 2 characters interact between their very different cultures in a developing country.

Don't see it if you don't like minimal productions or 2-character plays.

Also A wonderful story of an American woman coming to Kenya to build roads ... Read more Read less


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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