Dada Woof Papa Hot OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 9, 2015
    Closing:
    January 3, 2016

    Theater: Mitzi E. Newhouse / 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY, 10023

    Synopsis: 

    It’s a fall night in New York City, and two couples who recently met at a parents group are out to dinner at the hot new restaurant. The foursome share photos of their kids, trade war stories from pre-school applications, and discuss their work. Alan and Rob, and Scott and Jason find plenty of common ground as gay couples raising kids in the city, and a play date with their children is set. As we follow these two pairs through their developing friendship, the conversation deepens from afterschool pick-up to the cracks in their marriages – struggles which are mirrored in the relationships of their straight friends as well.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Dada Woof Papa Hot

    ‘Dada Woof Papa Hot,’ About Gay Men and Parenthood

    Charles Isherwood

    November 9, 2015: Spare a teardrop or two for the troubled gay fathers in “Dada Woof Papa Hot,” a slick, mostly enjoyable new play by Peter Parnell that opened on Monday at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Where, oh where, will they summer next year, now that Fire Island has become perhaps a little too, er, hot for young children, with the awkward questions about what all those men are doing in the underbrush? How will they find a nanny — sorry, they prefer the delicate euphemism “caregiver” — to replace the jewel they found this summer? And while the little ones have flourished in their fancy preschool, the challenge of getting into just the right kindergarten now looms. There’s something off-puttingly insular about the world of privilege, both gay and straight, depicted in Mr. Parnell’s comedy-drama about the new frontier of gay marriage and parenthood. The characters all seem to be living in a Design Within Reach catalog, among $7,000 sofas and $4,000 chandeliers. But if you grant Mr. Parnell his natural right to depict rarefied lives — this is Lincoln Center Theater, after all — his play does delve with intricacy and heart into the thorny lives of the proliferating number of gay couples with children today.

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