Daddy NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(138 Reviews)
Positive
67%
Mixed
26%
Negative
7%
Members say
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

About the Show

In The New Group and Vineyard Theatre's new drama, Franklin, a young black artist, meets Andre (Alan Cumming), an older white art collector, and before long their feverish link deepens into an irresistible bond.

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MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
48
Indulgent, Threadbare, Banal, Disappointing, Pretentious

See it if u want to see naked Alan Cumming spank naked Ronald Peet as u fantasize about punishing playwright Jeremy Harris for this woeful "melodrama"

Don't see it if u expect to be educated/moved by the myriad issues (race, age, art & commerce, ambition, etc.) in this overstuffed, overlong, hollow mess. Read more

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
77
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Indulgent, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if High melodramatics engulf wildly ambitious & highly sexualized tale of 'artist' & 'mentor' Cumming & Woodard anchor its operatic tendencies

Don't see it if Despite overwrought themes & Taymor's slick presentation, a major talent on display Third act derails exhausting piece w/ Peet too neurotic

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
78
Pulls out all the stops w a devilish alan cumming, a boy toy adonis, a rousing gospel choir & a swimming pool that sends off splashes into the first two rows; but not fully realized theatrically

See it if super ambitious; sizzlingly sexy 1st Act; inventive direction by D. Taymor; striking stagecraft; hilarious send up of contemporary art scene

Don't see it if 30 mins too long; irrelevant characters; the play spins completely out of control by 3rd act Read more

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
83
Too long, Great staging, Great acting, Intense

See it if If you like Alan Cumming on stage in a new way, with nudity and very intense play.

Don't see it if Has nudity, topics from age, race, religion Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
84
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Despite differences, young black artist & mature white collector have more than art on their minds.Mother chides son thecost of exploitation

Don't see it if The striking set and tank camouflage a simple melodrama of doomed opposites. Casual nudity. Ideas tossed about. Odd chorus. Pool splooshing. Read more

499 Reviews | 56 Followers
60
Didn't know what the point of it was.

See it if You like Alan Cummings

Don't see it if You want a well written drama that makes sense.

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
61
Raunchy, Great acting, Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You are a major fan of Alan Cummings. You would enjoy seeing a real swimming pool as part of a set that is actually used for swimming !

Don't see it if You don’t like gay themed shows and or those with male nudity. You prefer plays you see to have something interesting and or novel to say.

430 Reviews | 114 Followers
84
Brilliant poolside play of sex, race and art

See it if Rich white collector becomes Daddy to young black artist. Much discussion of race and art beside "baptismal" pool onstage. Mother upends it

Don't see it if Harris's Slave Play was more incisive. Daddy treats too many issues. Simulated gay sex and some nudity. Peet, Cumming & Woodard are terrific

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
March 5th, 2019

"It feels like the work of an untested artist...'Daddy' always seems to be annotating rather than expressing its characters’ impulses...Mr. Harris has subtitled his play 'A Melodrama.' Yet even when the participants are wet, screaming and, in the cases of its male leads, nude, the confrontations feel academic. And while Taymor keeps the play moving briskly, even the spanking sequences register as more cerebral than physical. As for the talk, it is endless and circular and repetitive. "
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 5th, 2019

"Its major frustration as a piece of writing is that, after plenty of intellectual razzle-dazzle, it wraps itself up with too neat a psychological bow. Meanwhile, the production isn’t quite committed to the text’s vast potential for either weirdness or emotional weight. 'Daddy' is full of tense and titillating material, but here it packs surprisingly little punch in the feeling department. I was never bored...but I was also never really gripped anywhere south of the brain. "
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 5th, 2019

"This lugubrious drama barely manages to work up a sweat...The play has some sly, funny moments, to be sure...But they are too few and far between, and the evening seriously goes off the rails in the third act...It's a pleasure, as always, to watch Cumming and Woodard, even when they are obviously struggling to bring emotional coherence to the scattershot material...But the cast's combined efforts are not enough to make 'Daddy' more than an exercise in affectation."
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Variety
March 5th, 2019

"Alan Cumming is flawlessly creepy...Welcome to the self-love fantasy of rising playwright Harris, who has scripted a three-hour homage to his own artistry...Give the writer his due, the dialogue is, like, dope...Harris is smart and his direction is clever, but obsessive love — a writer’s own self-love, as much as a mother’s and a lover’s — is not a pretty sight, and eventually becomes a full-blown bore."
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AM New York
March 5th, 2019

"An over-the-top and overwritten yet smart and gripping self-described 'melodrama'...The final act is the weakest, relying on confessional monologues and finishing on an anticlimactic, unresolved note. But for the most part, 'Daddy' makes for highly compelling theater, exploring issues of race, sexual identity and contemporary art while remaining grounded in a dramatic power struggle."
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Theatermania
March 5th, 2019

"The play packs a wallop. But 'Daddy' falters in the end by explaining too much...The performances are rich with implications, too...Director Danya Taymor effectively executes Harris's other theatrical experiments, particularly later in the play in a phantasmagoric Last Supper-like scene. It's around that scene, unfortunately, that the play goes awry...Even so, 'Daddy' is an important, must-see work for all the things that it does well."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 6th, 2019

"Aside from its killing overlength -- it takes three acts and nearly three hours to play out --'Daddy' is overloaded with schemes and strategies that do little to add interest to its crudely rendered tug of war...Taymor's direction has its moments but the most she can do is orchestrate the script's many operatic gestures...'Daddy,' however, is all sound and fury, a series of baroque flourishes erected around a hollow core...'Daddy' wasn't ready for a first-class Off Broadway production."
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New York Stage Review
March 5th, 2019

"This play, relatively realistic in its initial scenes, increasingly turns surreal...A bizarre third act, which climaxes with an immersive exorcism, mostly proves madly incoherent...Although Harris composes vivid dialogue, this flawed, overlong drama is heavily overwritten with beaux arts babble, unclear religious and psychological themes...Still, much as 'Daddy' smells of chlorine and youthful pretentiousness, its splashy production is often entertaining."
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