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Daddy

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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. More…

But when Franklin’s Christian mother decides that her son is in peril, she enters into a battle of wills with Andre over the soul of the man they both call baby. Basquiats and Birkins, gospel and pop, and fantasy and reality collide around a Bel Air swimming pool in this deeply surreal exploration of intimacy and identity.


Member Reviews (138)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Disappointing
71
Avg Score

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.

Also The set is lovely (although there is a lot of wasted space above the g... Read more Read less

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

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

Also As a newbie playwright, Jeremy Harris makes the mistake of trying to s... Read more Read less

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

Also The acting was excellent. The stage was part swimming sitting in the f... Read more Read less

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.

Also Cumming and Mother Zora are terrific.

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.

79
Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Alan Cumming and Charlayne Woodard at the top of their game. Interesting premise, phenomenal staging.

Don't see it if You don't want a long play with two intermissions. You need everything to make sense or a story that is rooted firmly in reality.

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.

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

60
Messy, Unfocused, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if the theme of toxic, abusive relationships interests you even when the characters are unsympathetic, unevenly drawn and way too chatty.

Don't see it if you have no patience for shows with way too many ideas so none of the characters or themes come into focus.

Also Folks in the first row get towels. If you sit in the second or third r... Read more Read less

79
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Indulgent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if see note

Don't see it if see note

Also The play is rife with metaphors and imagery that smack you in the face... Read more Read less

68
Great staging, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if a story one does not always see

Don't see it if very cliched characters. wasted chorus (though they did sound great)

69
"interesting" concept but still not sure what point the playwright was trying to make

See it if you are a fan of Alan Cumming.

Don't see it if seeing a racial charged, gay fueled, social commentary of sexuality, racism, age, and class don't normally bring you to the theater.

Also Daddy is definitely a play of the "times", but as liberal as my gay bl... Read more Read less

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 Cumm... Read more Read less

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.

76
Raunchy

See it if Semi fantastical gay black male processing his daddy issues with an older rich white man. Christian, Black background vs shallow glittery LA

Don't see it if N-word is triggering. Full frontals or gay/sex offend you. Alan Cumming's character is pretty flat, so he doesn't do that much.

Also Ticket from box office for $42.

70
Ambitious, Dizzying, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if to see Alan Cumming or Charlayne Woodard—both are compelling. You like intriguing set & sound designs; ok w/ nudity & muddled characters.

Don't see it if you need cohesive story—there is so much going on; need likeable or relatable characters; averse to 3-hour plays or outsized melodrama.

81
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like plays with actors that can really chew through a scene This is written by a playwright that will only get better

Don't see it if Male nudity bothers you

43
Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if you like plays with weird tonal shifts or frankly like nudity.

Don't see it if you don't want to see nudity or things of a sexual nature.

49
Painfully superficial, poorly written,, Disappointing

See it if you are such a fan of Alan Cummings that you will tolerate anything he does even if it is superficial, tedious and vulgar unnecessarily

Don't see it if gratuitous nudity, disjointed story lines, repetitive staging with a lot of schtick will make you crazy.

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 go... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Indulgent, Great staging, Ambitious, Intense

See it if excellent acting is enough for you

Don't see it if you find a lot of male nudity objectionable

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 revie... Read more Read less

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 nudi... Read more Read less

69
Ultimately disappointing, Overlong, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if There are some beautiful moments here, some great dialog, and the cast is really outstanding, plus Cumming sings; if that's enough, go.

Don't see it if First two acts, lots of laughs and outrageousness, moves nicely, but third scene tries too late to turn the ship, crashes badly

Also While sparks of genius fly throughout, the play badly needs a strong e... Read more Read less


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 ...
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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 a...
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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 obviousl...
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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 sel...
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