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Dada Woof Papa Hot

From 73 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

About the show

A gay couple, who fought to adopt and are exploring the challenges of gay parenting, find themselves thrust into the pre-school parent pool, which causes anxieties to rise in their lives. More…

Alan and Rob are an older married couple with a three-year-old daughter and a life they fought decades to be allowed to lead. But Alan has begun to feel an attraction to a younger gay dad, his closest straight friend’s marriage is disintegrating before his eyes, and his daughter Nicola seems to prefer Rob, who’s taken to parenting without any of Alan’s insecurities. In the course of one school year, three couples struggle with what it means to be married with children at this head-spinning cultural moment.

Member Reviews (73)


Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
Avg Score

Funny but didactic portrayal of problems of gay partners who mimic straight world parental models

See it if you enjoy hysterical one-liners and good ensemble acting, with heartbreaking performance by John Benjamin Hickey

Don't see it if you don't enjoy heavy foreshadowing, and don't enjoy script increasingly filled by speechifying by characters rather than realistic dialogue

Relevant, Great acting, Sweet, Touching

See it if You enjoy domestic dramas with everyday themes like parenting & relationships. You appreciate sincerity. You like well-written plays.

Don't see it if You don't like domestic dramas. You don't want to see same-sex relationships on stage. You want a play with more worldy issues.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Excellent acting. Some of the best I've seen. Especially loved John Benjamin Hickey in this. Really enjoyed the play. Lots to think about.

Don't see it if You don't like gay themed or very New York city themed shows.

Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Relevant

See it if You like new plays about modern issues, especially gay parenting.

Don't see it if You don't like plays about gays and/or wealthy, white New Yorkers and their problems.

Original, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in seeing a show about parenting by 2 gay Dads.

Don't see it if You are offended by gay parenting stories.

Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if enjoy good actors working with trite material.

Don't see it if see above

Relevant, Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant, Cliched

See it if you're interested in a drama on parenting challenges & the difference between a gay man's life in the 80s & now, & don't mind full frontal

Don't see it if characters who are a little too into themselves & their decidedly first-world problems will grate on you. I enjoyed it, but they tested me.

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if Very cliche and self indulgent; I found myself bored and disinterested. The one nude scene was completely unnecessary and gratuitous.

Don't see it if You're offended by anything gay and lesbian, or nudity

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original

See it if Parenting issues are the same for all of us, straight, LGBT and the problems that arise are similar for all.

Don't see it if You are averse to LGBT and gay marriage and do not see all the array of "family"

Relevant, Great acting, Cliched

See it if you are interested in a story centered around the challenges of gay parenting

Don't see it if not interested in LGBTQ issues

Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a family story

Don't see it if you want a musical.

Cliched, Disappointing, Lack of character depth, Nice sets, Good acting

See it if You will endure mediocre writing in a well acted and well directed production.

Don't see it if You like characters with depth.

Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you are in to soap opera type dramas set in todays society. Or if you are fans of any of the great cast.

Don't see it if you are expecting anything mind-blowing or deep.

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great staging

See it if you're not bored with cliches about "what it means to be gay now"

Don't see it if you're sick of urban, gay, white people problems.

Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you're interested in what happens when gays adopt and how they relate to friends - straight and gay - who have or don't have children

Don't see it if even the briefest nudity offends

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Disappointing, Funny

See it if u * the topical travails of gay parents, their kids and friends (also parents, but who are splitting). There are rare moments of emotion.

Don't see it if reason not to see it: the company of actors is superb with special praise to John Benjamin Hickey, Patrick Breen and John Pankow.

Clever, Relevant, Refreshing, Original, Intelligent

See it if You like trendy, relationship dramedies.

Don't see it if You are against gay marriage.

Absorbing, Cliched, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if like thinking about how and what makes a family. About what makes some couples perservere

Don't see it if you are narrow minded about what makes a family

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy seeing what would be a cliche story told through a new and refreshing list or if you enjoy small theaters.

Don't see it if you are looking for a completely new tale told.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you care about new original dramas dealing with relevant themes of today.

Don't see it if you don't care about being enlightened.

Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if

Don't see it if a bit blah

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want to explore gay marriage with children, in a well-written, well-acted play

Don't see it if the subject matter doesn't interest you.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in exploring issues of gay parenting and marriage in a well crafted and extremely entertaing play.

Don't see it if The subject matter is of no interest.

Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you like family relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like gay themes.

Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are interested in how modern New Yorkers raise their kids - straight and gay couples. Are all parenting problems the same?

Don't see it if you don't care about New Yorkers, parenting dilemmas, gay vs straight couple dilemmas, etc. It's very…risotto.

November 9th, 2015
"Mr. Parnell’s literate dialogue fits snugly amid the stylishness. There are a few occasions when a Significant Topic trots a little too obviously into the room. But for the most part, the play’s themes are handled with nuance and insight...The cast is impeccable. The play does not require much i...
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November 9th, 2015
"'Dada Woof Papa Hot' is meticulously assembled, sleekly directed by Scott Ellis, and credibly acted...It is sincere in intent, faithful to the world it depicts, and as drama rather dull: the wringing of well-manicured hands...Many audience members at Lincoln Center, gay and straight, may recogni...
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November 9th, 2015
"'Dada Woof Papa Hot' is not a mystery, at least not in terms of its plot, whose pieces fit together as smoothly and satisfyingly as the sliding puzzle platforms of John Lee Beatty’s sets. The psychological underpinnings of the men’s marriages (and the straight couple’s, for that matter) are not,...
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November 9th, 2015
"Some might find this sappiness moving. I didn't. Director Scott Ellis, a comedy specialist somewhat wasted on this gab-athon, moves things along at a steady pace; the actors for the most part get the job done, and designer John Lee Beatty orchestrates some gorgeously fluid scene changes, with lo...
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