Already closed | 1h 35m | Midtown W

Daniel's Husband

From 392 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

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.

1h 35m | Already closed | Westside Theatre Upstairs (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (392)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing
85
Avg Score

79
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound

See it if If you want a well written play that deals with love,pain with a great set.

Don't see it if You do not like gay theme plays .or plays with tragedy in it.

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

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

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if u want to see five authentic, nuanced perfs in a deftly-written, challenging, captivating, startling, moving, entertaining cautionary play.

Don't see it if you're too homophobic or uninterested to appreciate an emotional debate on the challenges of same-sex marriage in the post-ban era.

Also This was my second time seeing the show (after seeing it at Cherry Lan... Read more Read less

84
Affecting, Well constructed, Well played, A little contrived, Handsome

See it if you’d like the pleasure of seeing a strong romantic relationship between 2 mature, stable, creative, imperfect gay guys.

Don't see it if you require a lot of action: a dramatic stroke midway through the play changes everything, but other than that, most of the play is talk.

Also As a mature gay guy, the primary pleasure I took from “Daniel’s Husban... Read more Read less

74
Act 1 - snappy modern gay relationship social comedy; act 2 - intense medical & courtroom drama centering on consequences of gay couple failing to formalize relationship w marriage

See it if Act 1 is sweet & funny; Act 2 features a fraught battle between gay partner vs. parent; persuasive acting

Don't see it if cliche-ish; fails to deal seriously w critique of gay marriage; Act 1 too jokey; shift of Act 1 to 2 contrived; Act 2 too melodramatic

91
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you like excellence by the cast in a well-written play with a nice set with good lighting and sound around a difficult subject - see it!

Don't see it if you cannot deal with physical health difficulties or the horror and tension they bring about for family and loved ones due to societal laws.

88
Beautifully written, Absorbing, Intelligent, Elegantly staged, Thought-provoking

See it if you like good theater. This is a character driven play which covers a variety of issues without seeming didactic but makes its point.

Don't see it if you are troubled by plays that involve gay rights or family issues.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy excellent acting and subject matter that is thought provoking. Intense dialogue that is absolutely absorbing.

Don't see it if you do not like shows with gay subjects or you only like light drama. This play will move you to tears.

75
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like well made theater with great acting, interesting characters, and a beautiful story.

Don't see it if You still live in the stone age and don't want to see gay men speaking about marriage

88
Well balanced

See it if You want to see a play that has it all. Great acting, directing, staging, costumes, use of music

Don't see it if You have a problem with gay themed plays and are not willing to be sad and emotional

Also I feel like most people who see this play are going to feel like Danie... Read more Read less

69
Wants to be more than it is.

See it if You are interested in LGBT stories of any kind.

Don't see it if You want a well told story about an interesting subject.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Romantic

See it if you are interested in a romantic but realistic story of a relationship and the close people around them.

Don't see it if if you do not like sad stories or are uninterested in stories about gay relationships.

82
Absorbing, Refreshing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if interested in dramatic, personal consequences that might result from one's ideals; plot-driven plays that make a point without lecturing.

Don't see it if dislike worst case scenarios; prefer radical theater for contemporary questions. This is traditional. Conversations happen in a living room.

Also Domestic dramas usually bore me but this show handled my expectations ... Read more Read less

79
Great acting, Ambitious, Romantic, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy gay themed real life scenarios, well performed by an excellent cast

Don't see it if semi unbelievable dialog that seems forced in the opening scene will turn you off, it improves

82
Great acting, Resonant, Excellent set, Fluffy start turns dramatic

See it if Gay relationships, family problems, discussions about gay marriage, friendship, legal issues, boundaries are of interest. Very well acted.

Don't see it if changes in tone would bother you, if you want an upbeat ending, if you don't like melodrama.

Also Because the show is well written, directed & acted the play is touchin... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are open to or interested in what some gay relationships struggle with. A slow beginning picks up the introduction of complex issues.

Don't see it if Do not see if you are not interested in gay issues.

89
Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you’d enjoy a beautifully conceived and executed relationship drama that will make you laugh, make you think, & burrow itself in your heart.

Don't see it if you dislike great writing, relatable characters, and to be genuinely moved by a piece of theatre.

Also Matthew Montelongo and Ryan Spahn lead an exceptional cast with perfor... Read more Read less

90
Must see / resonant theatrical experience, Beautiful set / completely wrong venue, Funny & serious / intelligent / thought-provoking, Deeply moving book / important / relevant, Strong ensemble / excellent performances

See it if you want to experience some of the best acting & one of the most well-written timely scripts on stage today.

Don't see it if you prefer happy musicals over thought-provoking dramas, & aren't into love stories, gay or str8. You'd miss out on great theatre.

Also It's about commitment & marriage...... Read more Read less

87
Funny, Sad, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a fresh take on the advantages of marriage, regardless of gender. Strong, well acted performances.

Don't see it if you are troubled by having a gay couple as the central focus.

84
Absorbing, Intelligent, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You take LGBT life seriously, wish to see more art and stories that go beyond AIDS and club stories. Real life issues and how we deal.

Don't see it if You are homophobic. Do not think homosexuality is a viable lifestyle and hate anything that presents LGBT people as just like eveyone else.

82
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want to see beautiful acting in a heartfelt production about love, devotion, and marriage in a gay relationship.

Don't see it if You prefer big Broadway productions. This is a smaller but very effective play.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Powerful, Relevant

See it if you want an emotionally powerful tale of love, family, & principle in an era of greater marriage equality. Great acting, riveting story.

Don't see it if you're not comfortable with the loves and lives of same-sex couples, or confronting the residual power that society's bigotry can confer.

91
Very moving, Excellent storytelling, Characters are fleshed out, Great acting

See it if You're willing to be surprised by a play that starts off as a family drama and achieves universality.

Don't see it if You don't like good, understated drama; you don't like LGBTQ storylines.

Also I am so impressed by this show. Like many of my favorite plays and mus... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you want to see a believable love story with dialogue that seems credible. I bought the story, which has some unexpected turns.

Don't see it if you're turned off by plays with LGBTQ themes.

92
Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Very well written and acted. Times have changed, but subject matter still relevant.

Don't see it if Some may consider melodrama, but avoids becoming banal and insipid.


October 29th, 2018
"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 top...
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November 13th, 2018
"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 proficien...
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October 28th, 2018
"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...
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October 29th, 2018
"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...
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