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Daniel's Husband

From 43 critic and 386 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)

Front Row Center

"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

Broadway Blog

“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

The Huffington Post

“Though ‘Daniel’s Husband’ begins as a situational comedy, the play’s latter half is a modern morality tale about not taking love and family for granted...The show’s climax is one of the most heartbreaking scenes you’re likely to see off-Broadway this season. ‘Daniel’s Husband’ also boasts nuanced yet emotionally charged performances from its ensemble cast." Full Review


“’Daniel’s Husband’ is a touching, heartwarming, funny, impactful, and sad story that may be all too familiar to many. It deals with what happens when a couple isn’t married and they haven’t taken care of the proper legal steps they need to in case of a medical emergency. It also addresses family drama and the differences in individual beliefs when it comes to marriage...The play (and the acting) definitely hits you in the feels...It will leave you with plenty to think about." Full Review

If the Devil Had Menopause

“Riveting Play...’Daniel’s Husband’ focuses on a couple who happen to have conflicting views regarding relationships....Humor and glib conversations bleed into a stark and stunning twist during the 95 minute emotional roller coaster ride, cocooned in the intimate theater setting...A compelling, beautifully packaged play of true pathos, intelligence and romance.” Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"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

Manhattan Digest

“Stellar writing, superb directing and exquisite acting...McKeever’s rich and poignant dialog presents familiar characterizations and story line in such a way that they’re fully experienced before they’re recognized. Direction by Brancato shapes the piece and guides its actors perfectly...’Daniel’s Husband’ achingly reminds us to never take what we have for granted. Go see it and be infused with gratitude.” Full Review


“Few plays make you think about and debate a play the way ‘Daniel's Husband’ does...It focuses on gay marriage, but it is much, much more than that...’Daniel's Husband’ is well written...The banter at times seems a little too scripted...Everyone has an opinion; the characters all have a different way they go...It is easy to watch and thoroughly enjoy regardless of one's sexual preferences...Brancato's assiduous direction has these actors clicking in the lighter times as well as the tense.” Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"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

The Theatre Times

"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

Gotham Playgoer

"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

Out Magazine

“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

i World Travel

“’Daniel’s Husband’, a new play by McKeever...Is a portrayal of gay relationships, of choices, of values, respect and honesty...We meet four friends at a dinner party...All seems fairly cordial on the surface until Trip erroneously refers to Mitchell as ‘Daniel’s husband’, a reference which immediately brings anger and vitriol and a refusal by Mitchell to believe in the sanctity of this union...Plot lines focus on gay relationships, legal and moral rights, health issues and ‘happy families’.” Full Review

New York Stage 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

Theater Pizzazz

"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 may very well find 'Daniel’s Husband' worth the trip." Full Review

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"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Must see, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You enjoy great theatre and beautiful human shows that are not only topical but important. You like to laugh and cry

Don't see it if You don't want to feel deeply or think .

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

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Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Must see

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.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant

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 ...

Also Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful show which begins lightly as a drawi... Read more Read less

Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Heart-rending

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.

Also The cast was amazing. The story very relevant. Beautifully directed an... Read more Read less

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

See it if you're interested in seeing a great performance about love, commitment and the debate to marry or not marry.

Don't see it if you can't handle being emotionally touched.

Also I really enjoyed this play. Great acting; great writing; great set. Bu... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Masterful, Intense

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.

Also Also, it’s short and there’s no intermission, so it isn’t a huge time ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if a gay based show with powerful plot

Don't see it if if you are offended by a gay theme

Moving family drama

See it if Wonderful acting.. very moving

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Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

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.

Also straight. A roller coaster of emotions well acted and realistically pe... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Exquisite, Relevant

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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

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if You like great acting and intense drama

Don't see it if You are looking for a light, fluffy show.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy plays about family relationships and lgbt complications.

Don't see it if you don't want to be emotionally moved.

Also I found it entertaining and emotionally moving (I cried). It is intere... Read more Read less

Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Surprise: intelligent twist on gay marriage

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.

Also I guess I wasn't expecting that this 'relevant' comedy would have some... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you like emotional, , thought provoking, relevant story telling. Homosexual theme.

Don't see it if your not interested in gay issues.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Profound

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if incredible acting, thoughtful plot.

Don't see it if you are homophobic

Also I was clinging on to every second of the play. Extremly engaging and w... Read more Read less

Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Moving, Absorbing

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.

Also I am a woman who enjoys good acting and is curious about/loves to watc... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy really good theatre

Don't see it if You like musical comedies

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Heartwarming

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Relevant

See it if The show discusses commitment with a wonderful twist. It applies to all couples not only gays

Don't see it if If you do not like to see men kiss onstage

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