New York | Previews start Oct 18

Daniel's Husband

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1h 35m | Previews start Oct 18 | Westside Theatre Upstairs (Midtown W)

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 for an open-ended Off-Broadway run. 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.


100
Nitelife Exchange

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

95
Stage Buddy

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

90
Theater Pizzazz

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

90
DC Metro Theater Arts

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

90
Norwalk's Hamlet Hub

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

90
Boy Culture

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

90
Daily Beast

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

85
Gay City News

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

83
TheaterScene.net

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

82
Front Mezz Junkies

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

80
Theatermania

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

80
Out Magazine

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

80
Act Three - The Reviews

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

75
The New York Times

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

75
Off Off Online

for a previous production "McKeever’s comedy-drama about the still-new era of gay marriage is cleft in two—part one: comedy, part two: drama—and both halves are effective, if you’re willing to accept some questionable behavior on the part of the title character...Melding the two is a substantial challenge for director Joe Brancato, and he does very well, aided by a cast that knows when to turn up the heat for the big moments and when to tone it down...It’s Mitchell’s journey that might raise questions of credibility." Full Review

75
Theatre Reviews by John Clum

for a previous production "McKeever has crafted his play brilliantly, moving from witty banter to argument to crisis. There were a lot of laughs in the first half and a lot of sniffling during the denouement. Yet I could not help thinking how stupid the couple was...Brancato has paced the play effectively and the cast couldn't be better...It's not a masterpiece; it's an old-fashioned drama built to please. I don't mean that in a condescending way. It was a pleasure to experience such a well-made play." Full Review

75
Rockland Times

for a previous production "'Daniel’s Husband,' written by Michael McKeever, is a look at gay marriage and the reaction of all those involved. It gets your attention. I rate 'Daniel’s Husband' Three out of Four Stars!" Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "It initially seems as if a sly commentary on contemporary gay culture might be just what playwright McKeever is going for...McKeever’s characters certainly get more complex as the play gets more serious. The five actors deserve much of the credit here...But as much as I want to champion this play, a few things give me pause...It teases us with a much-needed discussion before using scare tactics to convince us of the best way to be gay." Full Review

60
Theatre's Leiter Side

for a previous production “The play, trenchantly directed by Joe Brancato, received a rousing reception the night I went but, for all its pleasantries and the inherent interest of its subject, its by-the-numbers contrivances in order to make a point left me numb…What might have made for an interesting debate about gay marriage devolves into dramaturgic schmaltz in which Mitchell and Daniel's relationship becomes involved in litigious matters that a little foresight could easily have resolved.” Full Review

60
Front Row Center

for a previous production “There is a major spoiler, which I’ll do my best to circumvent, that comes halfway into the evening and which transforms this light dramedy into a bleak and angry soap opera cum public service announcement. Still, the production is impeccably acted and perfectly paced, so one cannot help but be drawn into the dark action…Whatever message the playwright was hoping to bring to the surface gets muddied by the results of these characters’ actions, or the lack thereof.” Full Review

60
Time Out New York

for a previous production “McKeever has a keen ear for dialogue…But a Lifetime movie–style plot development causes the play to take stark turn, and the chance for subtlety and complexity goes out the window. This play has a lesson it wants to impart, hard. Thanks to an excellent ensemble, you feel deeply for these characters, even as you realize you're being emotionally manipulated…The polish of the delivery only makes the piece feel even more like an after-school special for grown-ups.” Full Review

45
New York Theater

for a previous production "'Daniel’s Husband' becomes an odd and simplistic cautionary tale. Only the acting under Joe Brancato’s direction saves us from utter authorial strong-arming...Just as Lydia and Mitchell wind up warring with one another, so do the two halves of the play. Both wars are undermining—and avoidable. Had McKeever begun 'Daniel’s Husband' with Daniel’s illness, 'Daniel’s Husband' might have been a wholly affecting drama." Full Review

45
Theatre Reviews Limited

for a previous production “The opening scene is meant to be funny...It could not be more television sit-com in conception and dramatic realization…Mr. Wheeler gives his oft maligned character a depth and authenticity that is refreshing and welcomed…Mitchell is not a likeable character and that makes connecting to Mr. McKeever’s play more difficult…Unfortunately, because of the shallow characterizations, it is difficult to care for any of these characters despite their potentially important conflicts.” Full Review

45
Theater Life

for a previous production “McKeever’s predictable tale feels manipulative and often contrived with basically stereotypical characters used to craft the playwright’s opinions…Although the actors are likable and their work earnest, you never feel a chemistry beyond friendship…The performances in Brancato’s staging all lack emotional depth so the play turns overly talky...Without a passionately layered subtext, the evening fails to engage or resonate with authenticity." Full Review

45
NYC Theatre Addict

for a previous production "'Daniel’s Husband' is not a very good play. It is a predictable 'we don’t know what we got until it is taken away' play. The characters and dialogue are simple, which is a blessing against all the 'too gay' plays that do more making fun of gay men than shedding light on them. 'Daniel’s Husband' was like a really good Lifetime movie on stage...The best scenes of all were between the primary couple when all the friends and relatives were gone." Full Review


100
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in gay social matters. Great acting. A very emotional play.

Don't see it if anti gay marriage

100
During previews For a previous production
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, I loved this brilliant play and would see it again

See it if You think marriage equality isn't that important. This will change your mind. This is hands down the best play I've seen with show-score.

Don't see it if you're in a coma. Everybody should see this brilliant, funny , heartbreaking show. Totally unpredictable and very entertaining.

100
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like intelligent, well-crafted plays with great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about gay men.

99
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You'd enjoy a poignant tale that shows why choosing to marry the one you love can be so important... excellent acting; heartbreaking show.

Don't see it if You'd prefer to avoid a modern 90 minute drama about a gay couple, their friends, and Daniel's mom.

98
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing

See it if you want to see 90 minutes of masterful writing, acting, directing. This casting has set the bar so high!

Don't see it if you're not ready to have your heart opened to an emotional place of understanding.

98
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if Well crafted play, topical and thought provoking. It takes you on a ride and I didn't even expect it! Spoiler alert you may need a tissue.

Don't see it if Want a big musical this is an intimate play.

98
During previews For a previous production
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if are interested in great contemporary plays on relevant topics that pack an emotional wallop

Don't see it if you are put off by topics such as gay marriage; but really, there's no reason not to see this exceptional play

98
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if you love relationship plays, 4 handers, intimacy, amazing acting, need a good cry

Don't see it if you want strictly a comedy, don't like intimate theatre, aren't ready to dig deep and experience some real emotion!

97
During previews For a previous production
Heartbreaking, hilarious, exquisite, dramatic, great acting

See it if You love tearjerkers (specifically about terminal or serious illness), you care about LGBT issues, you love prestige off-Broadway theater.

Don't see it if You don't want to cry. The first half is hilarious. But then you need a lot of Kleenex. (NYT said ushers should hand it out: I concur.)

Also I voted for "People's Choice" BWW awards today. I saw over a dozen off... Read more Read less

97
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if want to be totally absorbed for 95 minutes.

Don't see it if you are homophobic

Also The actors are outstanding in this brilliant play of modern day love.I... Read more Read less

97
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Great writing

See it if You are prepared to both laugh and cry about serious subjects. You appreciate wonderful naturalistic acting.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in complicated family relationships.

Also One of the finest new dramas I've seen in quite a while. Don't miss it... Read more Read less

96
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like well written, character driven pieces with an interesting perspective on its subject matter (in this case marriage)

Don't see it if the second half was hard to watch because of a twist

96
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are looking for a timely, thought-provoking play that will challenge the way you view relationships whether your are LGBTQ or not

Don't see it if You have a cold, dead soul and hate emotion.

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like shows that place social conversations directly into the piece but also make you feel.

Don't see it if shows with homosexual themes make you uncomfortable.

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if Such a wonderfully loaded scenario. We know what's going to happen but we're so absorbed by the drama we can't stop watching. A HIT!!!

Don't see it if It's a play that deserves to go on broadway. I hope it does and I consider myself lucky for having seen this wonderful production.

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Want to see superb acting, great direction and good writing. You want to laugh and sob in 90 mins.

Don't see it if If you don't like a romantic tear jerker play with gay love as the main theme.

95
During previews For a previous production
Funny, Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you enjoy watching the "perfect" gay couple wrestle with relationship and health issues. Well-crafted, emotionally engaging. Bring tissues.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with gay characters dealing with marriage issues in a contemporary setting. Quite intense emotionally; lots of humor.

95
During previews For a previous production
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great writing and great acting. The play is poignant and heart-felt.

Don't see it if you are not open to gay themes, gay marriage, etc.

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a love story about marriage;gay or straight. The issues raised resonate with all of us. Funny, engaging & superb performances.

Don't see it if gay themes or real life issues offend.

95
During previews For a previous production
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy beautifully written dialogue with superb performances and brilliant direction. The story is relevant and entertaining with twists

Don't see it if You don't have a way to get there!

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a play that takes on new unexpected issues that grab you in your heart and doesn't let go.

Don't see it if You want a light and easy night of theatre. And if you can't watch heart wrenching situations.

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if This love story about 2 gay couples & their younger partners. It starts off as funny as a Neil Simon play & then life Interviens .

Don't see it if If gay marriage and or relationships are a problem for you.

Also This play is beautiful written,directed and acted. A must see ! This s... Read more Read less

95
During previews For a previous production
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of gay themed plays which send a important message about the status of gay relationships.

Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable watching a serious gay issue play which may not end happily.

95
During previews For a previous production
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Powerful

See it if you're interested in the next conversation re gay marriage & relationships (mother, son, husband, friend). Poignant moments strike a chord.

Don't see it if you're unable to relate to others. This isn't just about gay community. Everyone can relate to challenging situations & escalating emotions.

Also I went into this show as a straight woman interested in hearing differ... Read more Read less

95
During previews For a previous production
Delightful, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like relevant, of the moment plays about life that make you laugh and cry.

Don't see it if You don't want to see straight plays dealing with modern life.


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