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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

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.

Quirky, Thought-provoking, Cliched, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like a show that discusses gay life after equal marriage rights, aims to provoke some thoughts, and contains good acting and staging

Don't see it if you want to see a show that has something deeper than the superficial and the obvious

Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You are part of a gay family. You want to think about the future for Gay families (rather than look back at the tragedy & civil rights)

Don't see it if You don't understand some gay cliche's.

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Romantic

See it if you want to see a well-written and acted drama about parenting or relationships.

Don't see it if you have issues with nudity on stage.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if You like shows about people making sense of the world that doesn't accept them.

Don't see it if You aren't into seeing a show that presents alternate views of life and happiness.

Enchanting, Funny, Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if The concepts of open relationships and infidelity spike your interest. Tammy Blanchard steals the show along with Stephen Plunkett

Don't see it if Nudity will startle you (for me it was a bonus) If you just went threw a break up you will cry the whole time (me)

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

See it if Great perspective on gay relationship for a couple with kid.

Don't see it if You are extremely conservative

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Preachy

See it if Well acted. Thought provoking. Current issues. Takes a turn for the self righteous on some issues. Surprisingly insightful in others.

Don't see it if Unwelcome needless nudity.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy entertaining dramedys about relationships or plays with gay characters.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that center around gay characters.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Engaging

See it if you want to see a really intelligent exploration of both infidelity and what it means to be gay today, expertly written and acted.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are talk-y.

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy good acting, especially by John Benjamin Hickey.

Don't see it if you don't like thought-provoking plays.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if are interested in seeing how newly-won rights play out in real life.

Don't see it if you are prudish or offended by brief nudity.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Good performances, gorgeous set. Posed an interesting dilemma between marriage and traditional gay culture. Entertaining.

Don't see it if Didn't really give any answers or go anywhere with it.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you'll enjoy an intelligent play about modern relationships and parenting

Don't see it if if you are looking for great depth

During previews
Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like thought-provoking, timely plays with great acting and fantastic writing.

Don't see it if you can't sit for an hour and 40 minutes without an intermission.

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
Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if your white

Don't see it if LGBT or STR8 person of color that can't deal with hetro-normative White Gay men

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
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Well acted, Somewhat banal

See it if You are interested in married relationships; gay social themes; contemporary, if less than perfect, scripts

Don't see it if you are offended by overt expressions of gay affection or somewhat gratuitous nudity

During previews
Funny, Great staging, Edgy

See it if If you like up to date political correct story about relationships that are about gay marriage being no different than conventional marriag

Don't see it if You are conservative!!

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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