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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

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.

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, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if

Don't see it if a bit blah

Cliched, Slow

See it if You like topical scenarios.

Don't see it if You're not gay-friendly.

Disappointing, Slow, Cliched, Banal, Boring

See it if You want to see common married couple/family issues but with a gay couple. Nothing ground breaking here as far as writing goes; cool staging

Don't see it if you care about good writing; if watching a gay couple bothers you; not okay with gratuitous male nudity; you want something interesting.

Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Indulgent

See it if you're gay & you'd enjoy seeing an up-to-the-minute depiction of modern gay life, kids & all

Don't see it if you might not like modern gay marriage themes, male nudity, sex addiction and white privilege all in one play

Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want insight into the challenges of gay couples navigating parenting with few role models

Don't see it if you're a bigot

Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You like excellent acting.

Don't see it if you don't want to go to the theatre to watch an episode of a basic cable show.

During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Insipid

See it if You care about gay relationship dynamics and don't need the smartest script ever

Don't see it if You care about nuanced characters and novelty in storytelling

During previews
Banal, Intelligent, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if Genial banter on gay parenting and infidelity is exciting enough for a Boys Night Out. Sliding puzzle set suggests complexity. If only.

Don't see it if Frank sexual talk, white gay boy's neurotic problems and heavy petting have you longing for the cattiness and uberdrama of Boys in the Band.

During previews
Original, Relevant, Funny, Great staging

See it if you'd like to see modern same-sex couples portrayed onstage. This piece's strength is its attention to an often overlooked demographic.

Don't see it if you're looking for a perfect play. There is definitely room for work on the script.

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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