Daddy NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(138 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (138)

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117 Reviews | 48 Followers
100
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, F'ing genius

See it if you wanna see something real portrayed on a stage.

Don't see it if the human body frightens you.

Also Riotous fun -- smart, dirty, ruthless comedy of manners -- honest about race, sex, age, wealth/poverty, religion, family, party drugs, and f'ing in swimming pools. Jeremy O. Harris's DADDY is superior work to his over-written SLAVE PLAY -- a pity it too did not get a Broadway run.

122 Reviews | 22 Followers
89
Masterful, Must see, Refreshing

See it if Damn, Daddy. It's overlong. There's too much dialogue. But to his credit- Harris is one of the few playwrights who understands fantasy.

Don't see it if Excellent acting, staging and writing. Smart and totally refreshing play.

203 Reviews | 49 Followers
89
Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Two guys, just hangin' out

See it if you like a very intense play with VERY sexual overtones, and heavy commentary on race, homosexuality and age.

Don't see it if you dislike lingering male nudity, and in-your-face sexual content.

Also A lot is being said about 2 things in "Daddy". The amount of Male nudity and the swimming pool. One MUST admire the testicles on Alan Cumming (not literally) for being 54 years old and have the gumption to stand ultra-vulnerable before us. A true artist and consummate actor! Ronald Peet (Franklin) was AMAZING. As a ripped specimen, his vulnerability was in his spiraling decent to thumb sucking childhood, Charlayne Woodard (Zora) is magnificent as his Born Again mother. The acting was spot on and INTENSE. While the story may not be for everyone, if you are willing to take the trip, you'll find the journey very worth while. The show while long is always engaging, sometimes disturbing, sometimes funny. Sexuality, Race, Religion, Ageism are all factors that come together in a whirlwind, especially Act III. And , oh yeah...The swimming pool!!!! Edgy storyline, sometimes brutal performances and open minds can make "Daddy" a unique theatre experience...but for adults only!!!

248 Reviews | 66 Followers
88
Confusing, Great acting, Disturbing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You want to walk out thinking you took acid, want to be very disturbed (in a good way), and not be entirely sure what you just saw. Great!

Don't see it if You don’t like gratuitous nudity, need a clear-cut story, are disturbed by family dramas, don’t like gay themes, or creep out easily.

Also I don’t really know how to describe what we just saw. Don’t read reviews, don’t google it, just go.

318 Reviews | 62 Followers
86
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Intense

See it if Wow, talk about "daddy issues"! First off, incredible staging. The scenery was GORGE! Be mindful, if you sit in the first row, you may get

Don't see it if Wet and the balcony seats are REALLY "partial view"! Ugh! Anyway, I can't say enough about the set. The acting, especially the mother "Nora"

Also And the co-lead "Franklin" were outstanding. I loved the use of the gospel singers- those sistas can SANG! They actually worked well with this haunting story- it WAS HAUNTING! So many layers. I didn't know what to expect. Act 1 was on par with what I thought it would be- an older white sugar daddy, with his young black twink. There was simulated sex and nudity and lots of splashing, which I guess made some uncomfortable and the sellout crowd left some visible empty seats after the first intermission, but, the intensity increased during Act 2 and the same crowd remained for Act 3. Act 3 started strong, got confusing, then hit its stride towards the end, giving a triple-meaning to the term "Daddy", at least for the lead character. It was a lot to take in. Very absorbing. If you're not into sex, nudity, race issues, N-word usage (in Act 3), family issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and splashing water... this may not be for you. It was definitely an experience. Kudos to the set designers once again!

300 Reviews | 65 Followers
85
Quirky, Raunchy, Edgy, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like experimental theater and have a full understanding of what you are getting into. It is a LOT to take in.

Don't see it if Full frontal male nudity, cursing or intense male on male sex bothers you; also, if you are in the first few rows, you WILL get wet.

282 Reviews | 64 Followers
85
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Struggle for the soul of a young black artist between his religious mother and his older art collector lover.Great set design , with ultra

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical comedy. This is a serious work, with prominent psychological overtones.

Also modern home,swimming pool front and center.Spontaneous singing by Cumming and chorus is a great touch.Above all, the actors give terrific performances.

444 Reviews | 56 Followers
85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if Art needs to be seen (scene) from many angles. Alan Cumming (singing “Father Figure” from an on-stage pool, naked). Brave young artists.

Don't see it if Offended by nudity, sexuality, Blackness, and complicated art.

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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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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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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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

"Harris’ wildly ambitious, sometimes confounding, and wholly engrossing new drama...It’s to Harris’—and director Taymor’s—credit that we never know who to side with...Harris has a gift for making audiences uncomfortable, and a knack for getting even the tiniest detail correct. Yet at nearly three hours, 'Daddy' is bursting at its seams...The discussions of art are fascinating—but ultimately fruitless. Like Andre’s overstuffed art collection, 'Daddy' needs some curating."
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