The story of a seemingly perfect gay couple with different views on marriage, this unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot—or not—returns Off-Broadway. More…
Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. Perfect house, perfect friends -- even a mother who wants them married. They'd have the perfect wedding, too, except that Mitchell doesn't believe in gay marriage. A turn of events puts their perfect life in jeopardy, and Mitchell is thrust into a future where even his love may not prove to be enough. "Daniel's Husband" is a bold reflection of love, commitment, and family in our perilous new world.
"Merging the two genres is not an easy feat to pull off, but no problem for the uber-talented Michael McKeever. His characters are distinct and each one is drawn with compassion, clarity and truthfulness...Kudos has to be given to director Joe Brancato who keeps the pace moving perfectly...I also have to mention the stunning performances by the entire cast. It is ensemble acting at its finest." Full Review
“It is bad form for critics to leave a performance early, but there is no rule stating that they can’t wish to leave before the final bow...I made that wish...Then McKeever’s play changed in an instant — and I was hooked...The ensemble is superb, bringing truth and authenticity to McKeever’s high stakes drama...’Daniel’s Husband’ embodies what quality playwriting should do. It surprises, engages, entertains, and challenges your own worldview without being didactic...I’m glad I stayed." Full Review
"On second viewing, the knowledge of where this piece is heading did alter the experience, but I wouldn’t say for the worse. It gave me insight into the shimmers of what was coming, weaved most delicately into the upholstery...'Daniel’s Husband' expertly walks us through the complicated world where some hard fought human equality rights were won, but not desired by all...The writing is clearly defined, although moments feel a tad scripted." Full Review
"What begins as light comedy in Michael McKeever's well-made play 'Daniel's Husband' becomes deadly serious in this cautionary tale. If the plot seems familiar, this is a return engagement of a successful play that appeared at the Cherry Lane Theatre in April 2017. The same engaging and proficient cast returns and while designer Brian Prather remains the same, the costume and lighting designers are now different…It still packs an emotional wallop in the way events turn out." Full Review
"The chemistry between Spahn and Montelongo is evident and adds to the heartbreak of the piece. Spahn is also delivering a heart-wrenching performance and brings heart to this piece, but it is Montelongo who has the longer journey. From a confident individual to an emotionally drained man, we feel his pain...Joe Brancato’s direction allows us to slowly peel away the layers...'Daniel’s Husband' is well written and raises issues that are prevalent for any kind of marriage." Full Review
"A poignant, topical chamber piece...The play begins as a thoughtful examination of various contemporary gay topics, from same-sex marriage to intergenerational relationships to commitment issues...The play flows effortlessly from the beginning to the central conflict between first the two lovers and then between Mitchell and Lydia...The main drawback of the evening is the occasionally awkward plot development...The cast is of a piece and is consistently committed." Full Review
"It would be easy to dismiss Michael McKeever’s play as the theatrical equivalent of a gay Lifetime movie...When catastrophe strikes, Mitchell has to pay a high price for his choices. Montelongo makes the most of this climactic moment...Joe Brancato’s direction is unobtrusive. While this cautionary tale is both manipulative and predictable, it is elevated by good actors who make the characters and relationships convincing and by high production values." Full Review
“The show starts off a little rocky, attempting to do too much...The dialogue, which attempted to be fun and playful, was...forced and not always believable. Instead of feeling like a conversation that gay men actually have, it felt more like what straight people assume gay men talk about at a dinner party (even though it was written by a gay man)...The play really begins to shine once an unexpected misfortune hits...By the time the curtain closes, I guarantee you’ll have shed many tears.” Full Review
"A reflective, straightforwardly-composed piece, 'Daniel’s Husband' is a modern-day problem drama involving a white, middle-aged, gay couple...The playwright cogently lays out his cautionary story in 95 minutes...If sometimes the drama seems too tidily expressed, it soberly considers a timely topic. The bleak conclusion is softened by a flashback that proves to be touching as well as ironic. Under director Brancato’s well-paced guidance, good acting breathes life into the play." Full Review
"A funny, if somewhat benign domestic comedy, and it’s pretty entertaining. But when...the subject of gay marriage comes up, the comedy takes a back seat...I’m not sure the play entirely recovers from the shift in tone, going as it does from light comedy to heavy drama...The honesty and sincerity in McKeever’s writing add a definite plus to the events of his play. Even if it would benefit from a bit more heft behind its ambitions...you may very well find 'Daniel’s Husband' worth the trip." Full Review
"As quickly as questions arise in Michael McKeever’s drama, they are shrouded in a plot resembling a procedural Lifetime film, redeemed primarily by the commitment of its cast...Then tragedy strikes. Even if I were to place a spoiler alert here, it wouldn’t weigh on your experience of the play, since the plot takes a sharp turn from here...The conversations at the center shift into a nasty battle of logistics, rather than a revelation of the changes that must be occurring in the characters." Full Review
for a previous production “A stunning play. This is a work that’s not only profoundly moving, but offers a wealth of insight into human nature…Brancato has worked brilliantly with the material and his actors, creating a beautifully paced piece of remarkable authenticity…This is a work that presents an all too rare opportunity to experience the creative brilliance of a playwright who not only has something to say, but whose insights into the human condition can be a powerful stimulant.” Full Review
for a previous production "From its invitingly funny opening to the unbearable hurt of its twist, 'Daniel’s Husband' brings to the stage a uniquely raw and emotional portrayal of a modern relationship rocked by the unthinkable. In Joe Brancato’s capable hands as a director, this truly exquisite production, heartbreaking and captivating, is a must-see this spring...Each character is so well-developed, and each performance so rich, it’s impossible not to be sucked into their world...Nothing short of breathtaking." Full Review
for a previous production “Michael McKeever is a seasoned and brilliant writer, and 'Daniel’s Husband' is a powerful look into the world of gay couples…This ensemble of fine actors is seamlessly woven together through a tapestry of multi-level themes via the fine hand of director Joe Brancato who, like the actors, are each devoted to telling the truth and exalt the human experience. ‘Daniel’s Husband’ will remain with you as a powerful piece of writing and reflection.” Full Review
for a previous production "The cast of five excellent actors spins out Mr. McKeever’s intricate and organic dialog so that we are always on the alert because it is full of surprises, all of which stem from truth...I found it totally absorbing, cumulatively very moving, and ultimately thought-provoking...Joe Brancato’s direction is fluid and tight, so that all viewpoints are expressed with fervor, even passion by the different characters...It all adds up to a powerful 90 minutes of live theatre." Full Review
for a previous production “A profound look at love and commitment and the uncertainties of life…Extremely well-written…It would be wrong to reveal too much, because playwright McKeever takes such a powerful and unexpected turn that you are left gasping…Plays with a social message can sometimes feel more pedantic than dramatic. But this beautifully written and powerfully acted show avoids that problem.” Full Review
for a previous production “Director Joe Brancato has paced his expert company artfully, confidently, sensitively…Tension rides in everyone, and especially in you, that smart one, in the audience. Playwright McKeever has had the audacity to begin his tragedy as a comedy and landed a poignant success, bringing everyone in his audience, canes, walkers, wheelchairs and all, to their feet.” Full Review
for a previous production “The stock characters began to flesh out in unexpected ways, the familiar banter became less pat…Then everything changed, and with a dramatic plot point, ‘Daniel's Husband’ became both a topical play about gay marriage and a subtle, unflinchingly savvy character study…Terrific performances from everyone onstage make it hard to choose standouts…On top of being a damn interesting play, ‘Daniel's Husband' also benefits from its fantastic set by Brian Prather.” Full Review
for a previous production "'Daniel's Husband,' perhaps the most intriguingly titled play on the New York boards this season, shines a light on this rarely examined minority. But does the insightful dramedy, by Michael McKeever, live up to the promise of its tantalizing title? Absolutely...Director Joe Brancato has elicited fine performances from the gifted ensemble. The increasingly distraught Mitchell is rendered with astute emotional elasticity by Matthew Montelongo in a deeply felt, heartrending turn." Full Review
for a previous production “If anything, you might feel that ‘Daniel's Husband’ is terminally cute or realize that it can never completely transcend the sitcom attributes and tendencies it shares. Still, it's hard not to laugh throughout most of the proceedings, and then to cry in the end. Directed with verve and panache by Joe Brancato, it's also performed with consistently fine results by its five-member ensemble.” Full Review
for a previous production "McKeever’s complex and engaging new play...As neatly directed by Brancato, we are thoroughly engaged in this couple, loving and caring for them, waiting for the dilemma to present itself...The writing is clumsy and scripted at times, as it doesn’t always feel real, but the debate isn’t one-sided either. Both sides are well stated and explored. It’s a beautifully crafted plot, expertly realized, that leaves us in shock. Devastatingly intense right up to the final moments." Full Review
for a previous production “For a play that wears its agenda on its sleeve, it is surprisingly heartrending…As with the best of such stories, we take it to heart and think about what we would do in a similar situation. A lot of this has to do with an incredibly moving performance from Montelongo…Brancato has directed his actors to thoughtful and emotional performances...While a braver dramatist would leave room for a convincing opposition or murkier circumstances, McKeever makes his case forcefully and effectively.” Full Review
for a previous production "The tone is extremely funny and light, then takes a wild turn toward the dramatic when something happens to one of the main characters...In going from breezy cocktail chatter to devastating dramatics, McKeever performs an impressive tightwire act, and his cast is deft with every turn." Full Review
for a previous production "When an unexpected event occurs that literally tears at the fibers of their relationship and beings, we learn the true colors of family and friends (kudos to über adorable Lealand Wheeler (Trip) and Barry Dylon (Lou Liberatore)…Incredibly humorous turns devastatingly tragic in a mere 90 minutes. Sometimes we argue about concepts and principles and forget there could be (as slight as the chance could be) some real-world consequences to our actions.” Full Review
for a previous production "The dialogue is occasionally artificial and a few plot points contrived, yet it’s still a tear-jerker and a heart-yanker...The writing isn’t always plausible...But you believe in the relationship at the play’s center. The sentimental 'Daniel’s Husband' works best as a romance...Montelongo is more saturnine, and Spahn is more manic. Together they become a couple that you want to cheer for even as the play makes you put down your pompoms fast." Full Review
See it if You want to be taken by such a well written and beautifully touching play and how important gay marriage is when you really need that paper.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in gay lives, and what family can do when protections aren't taken for the ones we love.
See it if You admire wonderful acting and writing and a sensitive, profound story line. The play was partly funny, partly sad. Best I’ve seen via ss.
Don't see it if You just like big Broadway musicals or are not interested in a gay-themed play.
See it if You appreciate a well-written, terrifically-acted play that is funny and moving.
Don't see it if Don't see it if you are not willing to take the journey the play asks you to ...
See it if you love to be moved by a very powerful timely play about love and marriage and what that piece of paper means to everyone, gay or straight.
Don't see it if ... I don’t know why you shouldn’t see this. I guess what bothered me about it is the loud noise coming from theater downstairs.
See it if You want to see a cast that really seems to be connected.
Don't see it if You can’t handle having your heart broken - this one was really beautiful but also incredibly sad.
See it if You want to experience a well written play that deals with issues that relate to anyone engaging in a loving relationship be it gay or
Don't see it if You enjoy musicals more than serious, meaningful plays with gay lifestyle issues.
See it if You enjoy moving and excellent theater with excellent acting. It deals with important issues of love and health. Very well done.
Don't see it if You expect light and silly shows.
See it if you want to understand the importance of marriage equality . Michael McKeever has written a brilliant play. The actors deliver it perfectly.
Don't see it if you are against marriage equality and are not willing to open your mind and hearts.
See it if The problems of the straight world meet the problems of the gay world. Superb acting by all. I do not dare to single out any. Perfect set.
Don't see it if Be sure to check the time of the performance as changes have been made. There are steps. No railings in the theater. Performance is great
See it if You appreciate authentic portraits of characters whose challenging conflicts ring true and legitimate from each one’s differing perspective.
Don't see it if You don’t care about the inter-generational and interpersonal realities of life, partnership vs marriage for gay men in America today.
See it if Forget your preconceptions that this will be another gay fluff comedy. It's really smartly plotted with smashing acting w relevance
Don't see it if You've got all the [simple] answers. You may have to change your attitude about marriage equality.
See it if you like amazing, thought-provoking plays + stellar acting. Partly funny, partly sad + moving: it kept me engaged from start to finish.
Don't see it if you only want entertainment or can't handle LGBQT themes or serious family problems or disease. This show deals with very serious issues.
See it if You want a well performed, well written and profound play. You like dramas and stories that touch your heart. It's sweet but heartbreaking
Don't see it if You want a comedy or a musical. You are uncomfortable with themes like gay marriage, family issues or tragedy.
See it if you are in the mood for a thought-provoking dramedy. You won't leave this show behind when you leave the theatre.
Don't see it if you are looking for a happy-go-lucky piece of fluff theatre.
See it if Loved this show about a committed, loving gay couple who decided not to marry. Acting was fabulous and story memorable and relevant. Just go
Don't see it if If you don't like plays dealing with real and difficult issues pertinent to both the gay and straight community.
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$45 - $55 Select Orchestra
Tickets regularly $79. Offer valid for performances thru 2/3/19. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order.
Tickets regularly $79. Offer valid for performances thru 12/9/18. Blackout dates may apply. All prices include $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Performance schedule subject to change. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. Blackout dates may apply.
$45 (reg. $79) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings
$55 (reg. $79) Friday evenings, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees
Book by Dec. 1. Restrictions may apply. Tickets regularly $79. Offer valid for performances through Dec. 9. All prices include $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final - no refunds or exchanges. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Normal service charges apply to phone and internet orders. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. Limit 10 tickets per order. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Cast and performance schedule subject to change. Not all seats are discounted.
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