Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Daddy Issues

From 65 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Cliched

About the show

In this '80s-set comedy, a man tries to appease his parents by hiring his ten-year-old downstairs neighbor to play his son. After a successful limited run earlier this year, the show transfers Off-Broadway. More…

It is 1982 and Donald Moscowitz has overbearing parents. They disapprove of his choice of profession (actor), his flair for decorating (pastels), and his lifestyle (homosexual). The one thing that would make them happy is a grandchild. His solution: pay the kid downstairs to pose as his son. What could possibly go wrong?

1h 40m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (65)


Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Cliched
Avg Score

Funny, Cliched, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a lighthearted comedy that may be silly with cliched characters, but ultimately funny and entertaining.

Don't see it if you cannot ignore the imperfections and just sit back, go with the flow and let yourself laugh.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh and be entertained. You don't take life so seriously. You have daddy issues or don't. You want to see a really good play.

Don't see it if You take life too seriously. You can't sit back and enjoy a funny entertaining play. You don't want to laugh.

Disappointing, Dated

See it if you like over- acting and the discussion of "Daddy Issues". you like farces

Don't see it if you've seen this type of show before and don't like farces.

Cliched, Entertaining, Predictable, Funny, Sweet

See it if you like family comedies w/a festive drag-queen thrown in for fun. Cute show, funny albeit very predictable. Give it a shot when it returns.

Don't see it if silly family humor bores you, and a simple theater-lite night-out for everyone wouldn't cut it. Not much thinking involved, just campy fun.

Funny, Siily, cute, clever

See it if you want an entertaining time with a story about what we do to please our family and how it backfires with hilarious laughs & a happy ending

Don't see it if you don't like gay theme plays or silly situations.

Occasionally funny

See it if you like a light, comedy. The acting is reasonable. The plot is unsurprising. The play is not too hard to watch.

Don't see it if you don't like a predictable play with stereotypical humor.

Insipid, Dated, Banal, Cliched

See it if You like TV sitcoms and exaggerated characterizations

Don't see it if You are discriminating about your humor

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if you would like to see a comedy dealing with what one would do to please the family while hiding their true self

Don't see it if gay stories are not your thing

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You like comedies with humor similar to Three's Company type situations

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh!

Ambitious, Entertaining, Cliched, Delightful, Disappointing

See it if You like Old Neil Simon shows

Don't see it if Like edgy humon

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Fun, Sweet

See it if You enjoy lighthearted fun and happy albeit predictable endings

Don't see it if You don't have a funny bone that needs to be tickled

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining


Don't see it if YOU DONT LIKE TO LAUGH

Cliched, Edgy, Fluffy, Raunchy

See it if You like campy plays with innuendos about gays, ethnic jokes and jokes about being overweight.

Don't see it if Can't take crass jokes.

Clever, Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if If you love a good old 80's sitcom this is the show for you! It reminded me of the Jewish version of LaCage!

Don't see it if You don't like a play about a sweet wholesome family and how a little white lie can really turn into a pink elephant in the room!

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Delightful

See it if you love queer shows.

Don't see it if you hate queer shows.

Funny, Entertaining, Relatable

See it if You like a fun loving show. Relatable in which you will find a character you probably have in your family for sure. Grandma's role is funny.

Don't see it if You hate predictability, you are expecting a serious show.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing, Overrated, Funny

See it if You like stereotypes and sitcoms and a good kid and good male actor

Don't see it if You want to see a well paced good show that is realistic that does not repeat same jokes

Also Three older actors were horrendous as was drunk....blocking was not go... Read more Read less

Funny, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like a campy, fast-moving farce comedy about Gay and Jewish family situations

Don't see it if You don't like stereotypes about Jews and Gays

Also Real laughs! Some great acting including charmin, warming performance ... Read more Read less

Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh and love drag! There are some genuine moments despite all the cliche

Don't see it if you want a complex, smartly written show

Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like slapstick sitcoms that use misunderstandings as a basis for their humor

Don't see it if you're looking for high production values.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Lover of musicals

Don't see it if Looking for huge production numbers

Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Bad direction, Bad writing

See it if want to waste your time and money. I had high hopes for the continued run of the show from the spring. But, it was re-done poorly now

Don't see it if expect to see an improved revival of a show. The show was made worse with dated, unfunny, poorly directed, + disconnected performance

Also It was a waste of time to see this show again. I thought I would be en... Read more Read less

Miscast, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if I went to see the first cast again, because they were fun! When I sat down, I found out that this show was cast with all their understudies!

Don't see it if I enjoyed the other cast better, but this cast was nice, too. I enjoyed the last script much more - this version was changed for the worse.

Also Fix the script. It should be more like a one-act play, unless the writ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You want to consistently laugh for 90 minutes straight

Don't see it if You're looking to see a dark dramatic piece of theatre

During previews
Disappointing, Insipid, Cliched, Dated, Banal

See it if You like unfunny, slow, preposterous plays that rehash embarrassingly old issues in cliched & stereotypical manner with underwhelming actors

Don't see it if You are sick of cliched light comedies that uncomfortably rehash coming out issues within a stereotypical Jewish family. Lots of shouting!

October 18th, 2016
"With its cast of swishy gays, kvetching Jews, and drunken Irish, it serves as a veritable compendium of stage clichés, for easy reference. Drama students could also profitably use it as a case study in how not to construct a farce...Quite apart from its poor construction, Goldberg's script conta...
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October 6th, 2016
"For a fun twist on family drama, Marshall Goldberg’s 'Daddy Issues' delivers. Approaching familial issues and expectations in a hilarious and heartfelt way, this comedy makes a powerful statement and has something for each member of the family."
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October 6th, 2016
"What makes 'Daddy Issues' so captivating is the cast’s agility within the comedic script. The writing itself is a pure joke machine...This nimble cast—under excellent direction by David Goldyn—knows exactly how to make the audience squirm with anxiety and then let the tension snap in moments of ...
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October 7th, 2016
"We welcome from the stage the bombardment of three Mary Ellen McGuires and calculatingly hysterical ethnic and general humor. There are a whole host of 'Daddy Issues:' circumcision, faygeleh interior designers, a drag queen and that that damned dropped bladder. All of which contribute to an even...
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