Daphne's Dive
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Daphne's Dive

Daphne's Dive NYC Reviews and Tickets

(91 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Resonant

About the Show

Signature Theatre kicks off playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes' residency with this world premiere family drama set in a North Philly dive bar.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (91)

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96 Reviews | 21 Followers
Exquisite, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like beautiful writing, smart staging and careful acting. Beautifully executed!

Don't see it if You only see shows that take place in NYC or only see musicals.

82 Reviews | 42 Followers
Absorbing, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You enjoy seeing the dynamics of a family of origin and choice over 20 year time span

Don't see it if You want light entertainment. Your not able to be open minded about different life styles.

155 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if you like real drama that makes t=you laugh and cry while it deals with real life issues

Don't see it if want to escape

417 Reviews | 190 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant, Excellent ensemble

See it if U want to watch a powerful story about a group of unrelated people who adjust to stages of life challenges over a decade Acting is superb!

Don't see it if You dislike the use of alcohol consumption Have no compassion Think some plays are too much like TV shows - get out more to see live acting!

270 Reviews | 63 Followers
Powerful, Real, Resonant, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You like plays about the neighborhood - it reminded me of 1986-2000 in the West Bronx - For me the characters and daily melodrama was real

Don't see it if You want something light or comfortable - this is complicated and could upset or offend Read more

506 Reviews | 1010 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if enjoy a multi-talented cast.live the lives of real people

Don't see it if you do not want to hear about the sadness and happiness that engulfs all of us

67 Reviews | 43 Followers
Great acting, Intense, Original, Resonant, Profound

See it if you want a play that tackles real-world issues and explores communities of color. See it for a strong performance from Samira Wiley.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with themes of abuse, violence, sexuality and alcoholism.

118 Reviews | 27 Followers
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Refreshing

See it if you want to catch a brilliant performance served by Vanessa Aspillaga. The rest of the cast is great, too, but Aspillaga...wow.

Don't see it if you need your plays to unfold along a singular line of action toward a cogent conclusion, and not a more elliptical/evocative structure

Critic Reviews (28)

The New York Times
May 15th, 2016

"A warm-spirited if loose-jointed new play…Hudes has a supple feel for characterization and a wide-ranging sympathy for life’s waifs and strays…Not all that takes place in 'Daphne’s Dive' strikes me as entirely credible…The play’s episodic structure can make it seem like a series of television episodes plucked from different seasons. But with hosannas being sung over the vaunted brilliance of television these days, to describe a play in such terms isn’t derogatory. It’s more like high praise."
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Time Out New York
May 15th, 2016

"A slow-burning, vibrantly sketched portrait of a scruffy North Philly booze joint run by love-scarred Daphne. Most bartenders listen to others’ problems, but Daphne’s cheerful reticence about her own demons makes us lean forward. Sweetly centered yet able to project panic and terror in a heartbeat, Aspillaga anchors Hudes’s episodic narrative, which spans 1994 to 2011 and is as much a portrait of a gentrifying community as a splintering group of friends."
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May 17th, 2016

"Hudes has a fine grasp of the friction created by the social tectonic plates that shift according to the waves of gentrification and governance. Each of these characters is good company — there’s a distant echo here of 'Rent,' and not just because of Rubin-Vega’s welcome presence. It’s all beautifully calibrated under the direction of Thomas Kail...The performances are all of a piece but Wiley is outstanding...She’s an actress you cannot take your eyes off of; she shines."
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New York Daily News
May 19th, 2016

"Quiara Alegria Hudes' new drama begins in 1994 and takes place in a North Philly watering hole run by the guarded Daphne. Seventeen years bring dramatic and traumatic changes for the bar owner and her intimates...Working with go-to director Thomas Kail, Hudes serves a group portrait that packs compassion but lacks cohesion."
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May 16th, 2016

“Hudes writes juicy dialogue for these colorful characters...and Rubin-Vega delivers her explosive lines with gusto. Wiley’s wide-eyed Ruby is also a joy to watch as she matures in grace and intelligence. But without a plot or something of consequence at stake, the play slips into the conventional vein of those static ensemble pieces set in diners, barbershops, hair salons, and bars. Not even director Thomas Kail manages to pump some life into that static genre format."
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The Hollywood Reporter
May 15th, 2016

"Hudes displays a strong feel for her well-drawn characters and their hermetically sealed milieu. But that doesn't prevent the play from feeling both overstuffed and undernourished, its melodramatic plot developments rushing by as if the playwright was checking off a list. And while there are some poignant, well-observed moments, too much of the dialogue feels forced and rambling. The piece has been evocatively staged by Thomas Kail and the performances feel fully lived-in."
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New York Post
May 19th, 2016

“Samira Wiley is first seen as a scrawny 11-year-old and is 29 by the end of the play. It’s to Wiley’s unassuming skill that she’s equally convincing as both...Warmly staged by ‘Hamilton’ director Thomas Kail, the show suggests a real sense of community, with people with whom you’d actually want to hang out...Daphne Rubin-Vega gives her best performance in years. Admittedly her character has many of the best lines but Rubin-Vega has a ball with them.”
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Entertainment Weekly
May 17th, 2016

"You’ll rarely hear a theater critic say a show should be longer...But 'Daphne’s Dive' could use a little more length and a lot more exposition...Hudes and director Thomas Kail tackle a big chunk of time in 100 intermissionless minutes. But there are stories that beg to be told, and details that demand to be filled in...Hudes has created a group of characters that most anyone would want to share a drink with. One round just isn’t enough."
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