Dada Woof Papa Hot
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Dada Woof Papa Hot

Dada Woof Papa Hot NYC Reviews and Tickets

(73 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (73)

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206 Reviews | 42 Followers
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.

124 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want an insightful look at relationshops of all types. Perfect, subtle performances and intelligent writing. A truly unique set

Don't see it if Constant talk about sex and full-frontal nudity offend you

56 Reviews | 9 Followers
Profound, Relevant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you ever get the chance.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with lovey-dovey stuff.

85 Reviews | 104 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like shows about families and careers and life's ups and downs and how our relationships grow inside all of that.

Don't see it if you are not interested in watching people exist in sometimes complicated and messy relationships.

127 Reviews | 24 Followers
Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a smart, funny, and powerful drama.

Don't see it if You do not like shows that deal with difficult and awkward relationship issues.

509 Reviews | 337 Followers
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.

290 Reviews | 184 Followers
Clever, Relevant, Refreshing, Original, Intelligent

See it if You like trendy, relationship dramedies.

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

79 Reviews | 65 Followers
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if very well acted plays about relationships and how dynamics change when people become parents and enjoy great ensemble of actors.

Don't see it if Dramas with subjects of intimacy, relationships longing, and acceptance are not to your liking

Critic Reviews (31)

The New York Times
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 in the way of acting pyrotechnics, but establishing the nuances of relationships without the benefit of such opportunities makes the performers’ work all the more impressive."
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Time Out New York
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 recognize themselves in the people onstage, and there's nothing wrong with that. But surely art can do more than hold a mirror up to the Upper West Side."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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, however, so simply rationalized...It’s a beautiful performance, no less so for seeming to be no performance at all."
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New York Daily News
November 9th, 2015

"Parnell’s material is timely and topical and director Scott Ellis guides a capable cast...But the script is self-conscious and formulaic. It works very hard to click together like the scenery — starting with the precious title. 'Nikki’s first words were dada and woof and papa and hot,' says Alan. 'They say what every gay dad wants to hear.' That line doesn’t really convince on stage or in print."
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November 9th, 2015

"Men, don’t take your husbands to see 'Dada Woof Papa Hot' if either or both of you are on the fence about having children. Playwright Peter Parnell presents a candid, at times amusing look at what can happen when a child takes over a happy gay household. Exhaustion ensues, friendships fade, libidos drop, sex becomes a chore or a bore, and desperate parents might resort to desperate measures. It turns out gay parents are just like straight ones — although at times it seems like Parnell thinks otherwise."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 lots of interlocking pieces. But for a play about gay men navigating the new normal, it all feels numbingly familiar, somewhat shallow and more than a little dull."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 9th, 2015

"Peter Parnell’s excellent, clear-eyed, and thoughtful 'Dada Woof Papa Hot' is the first major theatrical production I’ve seen that explores this modern reality of gay life... 'Dada Woof Papa Hot' is funny, sure, and it’s insightful, and it’s ably directed by Scott Ellis on a moving, interlocking, real-estate fantasy of a set by John Lee Beatty. But what makes the play most remarkable is how directly it speaks to today’s weirdly bifurcated, marriage-and-negotiation gay moment.
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AM New York
November 19th, 2015

"Neither particularly compelling nor memorable in terms of its storytelling...'Dada Woof Papa Hot' offers deeper characterizations and a probing examination of the strains of parenthood."
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