Daphne's Dive
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Daphne's Dive
73

Daphne's Dive NYC Reviews and Tickets

73%
(91 Ratings)
Positive
68%
Mixed
29%
Negative
3%
Members say
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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186 Reviews | 367 Followers
70
Ambitious, Overrated, Great acting

See it if Interesting characters who are well-acted and brought to life; good design elements

Don't see it if Ultimately, the play unfolds slowly and doesn't break any new ground. Entertaining enough while you watch, but nothing memorable or lasting

137 Reviews | 24 Followers
70
Quirky, Original, Sweet, Entertaining, Slow

See it if you like Quiara Hudes' work

Don't see it if you can't see them all

407 Reviews | 66 Followers
70
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Quirky

See it if You enjoy story telling, even if a bit disjointed.

Don't see it if You enjoy a well crafted play, well interpreted by a competent team that missed

107 Reviews | 19 Followers
70
Entertaining

See it if You like old fashioned plays

Don't see it if you want to be wowed

171 Reviews | 162 Followers
68
Indulgent, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Handsome set, earnest cast (Samira Wiley especially effective) but the play didn't coalesce for me. A series of vignettes & feels long.

Don't see it if If you can get a cheap seat between now and June 12 (run ends), go: support theater, young playwrights & Signature. Otherwise, don't.

271 Reviews | 58 Followers
68
Earnest, Strident

See it if You seek a well meaning show about the ills of society which includes a depiction of an actual artist whose death the NYT finds contrived.

Don't see it if You would be disappointed if the rest of the show felt contrived, and the characters did not seem real enough to care about.

175 Reviews | 20 Followers
65
Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of the playwright and don't mind work that feels unfinished. I wanted to like this more, but didn't.

Don't see it if you're expecting another In the Heights.

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295 Reviews | 54 Followers
65
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to see a fairly short show about eccentric characters with some pathos.

Don't see it if you want a plot that makes sense or character development that feels genuine. The people and their behavior feel contrived.

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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Deadline
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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Variety
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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