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"The characters that Dial has written are clear and the relationships are honest...They lived so deep within their own bubbles that their conversations come off as whiny…Marrying a realistic style with a heightened theatricality, Wise's vision brought variety but lacked consistency…The tempo needed to be notched up significantly….’DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA’ got a little too big for its britches. There's substance within but the execution was all about trying to be grandiose." Full Review
"Intensely performed and dynamically presented...Short on actual plot, the play is rich in incident and is a wistful character study...The seasoned but youthful cast uniformly brings a heightened naturalism to their strong performances...Director Jeff Wise masterfully coordinates the cast, as they appear all together while conversing in their different residences...Mr. Wise has faithfully and artistically realized the author’s intentions." Full Review
"You are convinced you are seeing a romantic comedy...But the playwright does not lead us down that familiar pathway after all...'DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA' is an ambitious play that, after it establishes its premise and conflict, does not offer easy solutions...All four cast members, under Jeff Wise's direction, do an excellent job of bringing out the complex nature of their characters. Ben Mehl is especially strong as Danny." Full Review
"Even the title demonstrates the stress and anxiousness permeating the plot, the characters, and even the set. Words shoved together, in your face, loud, and flowing, until a disjointed stop incites a change of ideas...The cast has some strong chemistry, but as a woman in her mid-twenties without kids I couldn't relate as much. Unfortunately this show has me a bit scared for what the future may bring. Perhaps it is for people a little more sure of themselves and their life choices." Full Review
"Playwright Lawrence Dial’s look at the joys and struggles of modern parenthood is brilliant, funny, and touching in its insightful look at two marriages, each impacted by new parenthood in different ways. Helmed by nuanced characters, the play addresses the oft-discussed issue of parenthood in a fresh, offbeat way that recaptures the topic with its mix of humor and melancholy. Directed by Jeff Wise, the performances bring those characters to life with remarkable skill." Full Review
See it if You are interested in good relationship drama centering around the problems of marriage and parenthood.
Don't see it if You have no interest in relationships, marriage or parenthood.
See it if a must for prospective parents. It is kids vs career and the roles played and desired.
Don't see it if you are already unhappy with your role in a family situation. Today's new parents face a tough challenge.
Also Rating is a compromise between partner's 90 and my 85.
See it if You want to see family dramas. You want to take a look at people's everyday struggle---no matter which kind of families.
Don't see it if You really want a resolution of a story. The ongoing problems still remain at the end of the play, which is life...
See it if you are contemplating parenthood or are a parent; or if you like small shows centering on exchanges between different pairs
Don't see it if you had a traumatic birthing experience or don't like more interpersonal conflict in a show
See it if You want a well written & performed domestic drama about the challenges of balancing marriage & children.
Don't see it if You don't like domestic dramas. You want fast pacing. While the story & the performers hold your attention, the pacing is on the slow side.
See it if you enjoy plays about real people with real problems about the stress children put on marriage and careers
Don't see it if you don't want to see a dark kind of show involving gay parents, topics of sex, drugs and suicide
See it if dramatically and w humor presents joy and self-loathing of being primary caregiver in relationship, strong 4-person ensemble
Don't see it if show vitiates its impact by also turning its sights on the travails/guilt of the bread-winners in a couple (see below)
See it if you're interested in the challenges of parenting young children and dramas about relationships.
Don't see it if you're offended by gay parents, you need a happy ending or you're intolerant of plays that leave you pondering their message and intent.
See it if four characters and a lot of dialog interest you. I wasn't sure how it would go but was pleasantly surprised.
Don't see it if you have no interest in family and child related plots. A show about dealing with life, especially around kids.
See it if You want to see a play about relationships and child rearing. You have an open mind. You want to laugh.
Don't see it if You are not interested in modern day relationships with child rearing and life decisions. You don't want to be entertained.
See it if You are intrigued by complex, intertwining and developing interpersonal relationships with the common thread of challenging child rearing.
Don't see it if You cannot fill gaps in minimalist set and costumes with imagination/experience or are offended by non-traditional gender/parenting roles
See it if you enjoy shows about child rearing with alternative family configurations; insightful plots; good acting and unusual staging.
Don't see it if you prefer a traditional staging; you dislike shows which treat alternative lifestyles; you only like "big theater" productions.
See it if You like interesting, thought-provoking staging and honest, raw performances. You like the idea of exploring a darker side of family life.
Don't see it if You want a show that delivers a clear message. There's a lot to think about here, but it's not wrapped up in a bow.
See it if This play deals with the challenges and joys of parenthood. How it impacts two couple's relationship, and their overall happiness. See it!
Don't see it if you can not relate to the stress, frustrations, guilt , and joy that comes from being a parent.
See it if you're interested in intimate plays with solid performances from a good ensemble cast, LGBT themes, and plays about parenthood/marriage.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a play about parenthood, or you're looking for something light and fluffy. Probably not great for kids, either.
See it if you enjoy "slice of life" plays; like seeing original plays with good ensemble acting; are a parent; want to support a good young theatre co
Don't see it if you prefer big productions and/or plays that deal with the big questions; aren't interested in the problems of middle class NYC parents.
See it if Interested in a realistic story of the difficulties of parenting. Gripping performances.
Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy. While there are comedic moments, there are also moments that are intense and sometimes uncomfortable.
See it if you'd like an honest look at modern parenting;the stuff no one says out loud about having kids. Solid cast, tight direction & smart script.
Don't see it if You don't like kids or parents, or seeing solid pro performances & tech from all involved. An ambitious, young company that should be seen.
See it if You enjoy compelling performances by strong actors and dialogue relevant to young, middle-class parents. Good balance of humour and drama.
Don't see it if You prefer stories beyond middle-class, white Brooklynites' dilemmas. You prefer stories to have a drive forward, rather than slow progress.