New York | 1h 30m | Already closed


From 5 critic and 58 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Clever

About the show

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

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.

1h 30m | Already closed | 4th Street Theatre (East Village)

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


"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

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

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You enjoy outstanding theatre, more mature actors who know themselves and therefore produce amazing work, actors who have a grip on life.

Don't see it if You like big spectacles and high budget shows.

Clever, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You enjoy contemporary Thought provoking theater delivered by talented and versatile actors.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy alternative lifestyles or aggressive language.

Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Profound

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.

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.

Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing

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.

Also An insightful, knowing look at the change of life no one tells of in a... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Relevant

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like a well written, well acted, interestingly staged play that is thought provoking

Don't see it if you want something fluffy

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

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

Relevant, Refreshing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if You want to see both sides of two different relationships or you aren't completely happy in yours.

Don't see it if You don't like LGTBQ themes or want to go to the theatre to be oo-ing and ah-ing the entire time.

Absorbing, Funny, 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, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

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, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Want a great intimate experience with great acting, interesting script and perfect staging for such a small stage.

Don't see it if Don't like small intimate theatre experiences. Bring a cushion, the seats on the stage are uncomfortable.

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

See it if If you want to take a look into families not so perfect lives exposed through a wonderful criss-cross of relationships

Don't see it if If you have a hard time looking at yourself and your relationship with your partner

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You are a young parent or was one, enjoy good ensemble acting

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of talk about how hard it is to juggle life and parenthood

Great acting, Intelligent, Creative interesting staging, Relevant, 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, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, 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.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Strong acting, Disjointed

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.

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...

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in the modern challenges of parenting young children

Don't see it if you need a happy ending or solid resolution

Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You liked God of Carnage, you like shows that revolve around relationships and characters rather than plot, you appreciate beautiful design

Don't see it if you need a lot of plot-driven action, you're not interested in the struggles of young parents, you want a lot of flashy production

Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you can get a babysitter. You enjoy supporting talented young actors helping a young playwright develop new material.

Don't see it if you wouldn't relate to the subject matter or enjoy an on-the-nose exploration of relationship issues that come up between couples with kids.

Also All four actors created 3-dimensional characters and enthusiastically ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you like shows with 4 characters focused on parenting.

Don't see it if You are not interested in shows that deal with issues around the identify of being a parent.

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.

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