Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever, Absorbing

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Wheelhouse Theater Company presents the world premiere of this offbeat meditation on the confounding business of contemporary parenthood. 

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In a bucolic Brooklyn park, Kris and Danny meet for their respective kids' first play date. While commiserating about the stresses of parenting, a precarious emotional relationship forms between them. When one of their children is inexplicably injured, the inevitable fall-out sends their spouses, Donna and Veronica, down a self-destructive path in search of the truth, no matter how superfluous.

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"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

Theater In The Now

"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

Talkin' Broadway

"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

Theatre is Easy

"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

Stage Buddy

"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

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Clever, Great acting, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy parenting comedies

Don't see it if you don't like kids (there aren't any children in the show but I feel like a lot of the humor might not be for you)

Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in family and friend dynamics and parents in the early child rearing stages.

Don't see it if you have no interest in young parents with child rearing issues.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Creative interesting staging, Extremely entertaining

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Well-written, About two couples with young children in brooklyn.

See it if you like an interesting story about relationships and parenting.

Don't see it if you're not interested in modern parenting.

Great staging

See it if You like 4-character plays, small, but, nice set design, lesbians, and relate to being a parent

Don't see it if Dislike LGBT and need a face-moving show.... Humor isn't very present here

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like small theatre, interesting staging and and contemporary issues on child rearing and marriage.

Don't see it if current issues and small local productions.

Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Great staging

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.

Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Resonant, Confusing

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...

Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Unfinished, Rough around the edges

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

Also I think this is a great show to think and talk about how men write abo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Slow

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.

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in an intimate four character play addressing marriage and parenting issues, including the joys and stress of parenthood.

Don't see it if you are not interested in seeing a play about marital and parenting issues, if you have an aversion to hearing childbirth stories.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Confusing, Slow

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

Also The show was a bit slow and left out important details about what brou... Read more Read less

Vividly presents the parenting paradox: you live for your children, but your spouse doesn't value you/you don't value yourself

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)

Also Please indulge this dramaturgical aside: A number of plays I have rece... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disjointed, Strong acting

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.

Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant

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.

Also The staging was simple yet effective. The performers did a great job. ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Profound, Relevant, Resonant, Great writing

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You are in the mood for a fantastic play, about people in crisis.

Don't see it if You can't sit through 100 minutes with no intermission. It's also general admission, so arrive early.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

Funny, Ambitious, Resonant, Indulgent, Great staging

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.

Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

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.

Also this play deals with the delicate topics of depression and identity cr... Read more Read less

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

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.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

Also There were some loose ends in the script and these took away from the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You have ever been a parent.

Don't see it if You object to going to lower east side venues.

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

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.

Also Kudos to the director and his clever use of staging that fit the space... Read more Read less

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