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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

During previews
Dated, Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you can stomach characters who are offensive stereotypes.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by less than stellar writing.

Also I was excited for this one. It had a great premise. It had all the rig... Read more Read less

For a previous production
Funny, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are interested in a story of a dysfunctional family with a gay son, and the lengths he will go to to try to apease. his parents.

Don't see it if If you are tired of shows with about a dysfunctional family. Although there are some laughs, the ending is quite predictable.

For a previous production
Cliched, Dated, Funny

See it if You like old fashioned farce. Sam Given's flamboyant performance as a drag queen friend/neighbor is worth the price of admission! He's fab!

Don't see it if You can't sit through a show that is dated and poorly staged.

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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