Daniel's Husband
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Daniel's Husband

Daniel's Husband NYC Reviews and Tickets

(393 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (393)

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50 Reviews | 28 Followers
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.

69 Reviews | 17 Followers
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.

62 Reviews | 10 Followers
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 ... Read more

88 Reviews | 30 Followers
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. Read more

83 Reviews | 56 Followers
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. Read more

95 Reviews | 31 Followers
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. Read more

50 Reviews | 8 Followers
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

161 Reviews | 54 Followers
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Moving, absorbing story of a happy gay couple but when things take a turn a power struggle ensues. Modern, contemporary issues are explored.

Don't see it if Not interested in great storytelling or having a moving experience at the theater.

Critic Reviews (43)

New York Stage Review
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 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."
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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 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."
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Theater Pizzazz
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 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."
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Front Row Center
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 have to mention the stunning performances by the entire cast. It is ensemble acting at its finest."
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Front Mezz Junkies
October 28th, 2018

"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."
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Broadway Blog
October 31st, 2018

“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."
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Times Square Chronicles
November 3rd, 2018

"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."
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Gotham Playgoer
October 28th, 2018

"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."
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