New York | 1h 40m | Already closed

Daddy Issues

From 14 critic and 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)


10
Lighting & Sound America

"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 contains some of the lamest gags in town...The director, David Goldyn, seems to have encouraged his cast to behave like a cartoon, but, really, it's hard to know what else they could do." Full Review

25
Theater In The Now

for a previous production "'Daddy Issues' is a cringe-worthy comedy with easy jokes and a cheap reveal...Goldberg is able to capture a vital theme deep within his comedy but unfortunately 'Daddy Issues' is so implausible that any substance loses validity. There is an abundance of derisory plot holes that it begins to turn into a ridiculous parade of shenanigans...'Daddy Issues' is fun for froth and that's about it. But if you're looking for froth with a little bit of substance, you can certainly find it elsewhere." Full Review

20
NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "What would a play look like if it were populated entirely by stereotypes? Probably a lot like 'Daddy Issues'…For something meant to be a lighthearted frolic, 'Daddy Issues' displays some pretty sad, even tragic, situations…The actors, under David Goldyn’s face-front-and-declaim direction, seem a little lost. The most confident presence onstage? Levine. The kid’s a natural, with crack timing, clear diction, and unforced cuteness. Better things await him, I hope." Full Review


10
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

1
Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Bad direction, Bad writing

See it if ...you 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 ...you 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

45
For a previous production
Felt like a live version of a bad "three's company" sitcom episode

See it if Stereotypical characters in a plot built entirely around a silly deception concept, misunderstandings, mistaken identities and coincidences

Don't see it if It's corny, predictable and painful--just don't ....

30
For a previous production
Cliched, Disappointing, Banal

See it if You like lousy situation comedy with stereotypes

Don't see it if If you find parodies of alcoholics offensive.

25
For a previous production
Over the top, Silly, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated

See it if To see a failing show's 2nd chance. The last cast was fun. Fire the director for this awful version, painfully presenting inept caricatures.

Don't see it if No substance to the script, production, or dated shallow material. See it if you are voting for Trump & believe in simplistic stereotypes.

Also Oct2016 - We support new plays, especially off-Broadway. We saw this s... Read more Read less


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