Dada Woof Papa Hot

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Thanks to keninadventure for the tip!

From the website:

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. DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, a new play by Peter Parnell (QED), smartly captures the urban parent experience, particularly at this head-spinning cultural moment. #LoveWins, or so the marriage equality campaign has decreed. But what happens next? What pieces of your former self are lost when becoming a parent? Is gaining entry and acceptance into mainstream culture worth giving up what made you unique?

DADA WOOF PAPA HOT will be brought to life by a team of New York stalwarts.Tammy Blanchard, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey (Tony Award winner for The Normal Heart), Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow and Stephen Plunkettcomprise the acting ensemble, and it will be directed by Scott Ellis (last season’s The Elephant Man, On The Twentieth Century, and You Can’t Take It With You).

Comment from reader keninadventure: New show alert: Lincoln center play Dada woot papa hot; Actor Alex Hurt has a full frontal scene for 3 seconds. Muscular body for sure. If you are sitting in section 1-3 ( where the exit is close to the men’s bathroom, as opposed to being close to the bar) you should see the front. (Confirmed: audience right).  Nice play too.

9 Comments

  1. I thought it was a great play. The scene is about 2/3 of the way through as he enters the stage from audience left, he strips off his swim trunks and puts on a towel. He has a dancer body and is cut untrimmed. Anywhere in the right 3 out of 5 sections is good but closest view would be in the center section near the front. Incidentally Stephen Plunkett (from Snow Orchid) is also in the play but he doesn’t get naked.

  2. You say he enters from audience left, so do you mean to suggest a good seat is audience left 3 of 5 sections (not right) when looking at the stage? Thanks!

  3. There are 5 sections to the seats and they way the staging is (kinda like how the seating is arranged around the stage), he actually entes the stage between the 4th and 5th sections of seats. Those on the very left 2 sections will see only this butt but you will see the front on the right 3 sections. Does that make sense?

  4. Sounds like he enters from the back of the audience and walks down the aisle towards the stage — no? But my big question is: when you say “left” or “right” are you talking about left or right when you are facing the stage? Thanks for the info M_lo. xo

  5. Sit RIGHT when facing the stage, which circles three-quarters around with five sections. The three sections on right are seats 118-101 (center section, which heads right), seats 2-22 (center right) and seats 30-42 (right). Anything to the left 118 — seats 1-42 — are to be avoided, unless you’re into butt. Still, I think some of the seats on the three right sections might be problematic. I sat in A8 — thanks to ken’s initial instructions — which is smack dab in the middle of the sight line. Even there, the scene is two seconds too short and 10 feet too far away. And I’m not sure, but the first row of the far right section (A30-42) might have their view blocked by the top of a chaise lounge. And if you sit too far left in the middle section — say, seat A118 — you might get a sliver side view. There’s much more to say about this one, and I will, but just wanted to give you a quick heads up if you’re buying a ticket right now. Just keep in mind: It is cunningly staged & lightning quick. If I went to see it again, I would a) sit in the last of the first section b) bring a pair of binoculars and c) be faster on the draw than Matt Dillion (the Marshall, not the actor).

  6. i bought a tic, so I am looking forward to hearing your other thoughts on this one. Thanks for your help and info.

  7. Well, let’s start with Alex Hurt’s reddish, exposed cockhead, which really surprised me because everything I’d read & hard about his dad suggested that he (William Hurt) is uncut. So either a) I’ve been misinformed b) Alex has a neatly retractable foreskin or c) dad and son don’t share the same status, which is entirely possible considering the notoriously acrimonious and ultimately litigious split between Hurt pere and Alex’s mom. Could the couple have been arguing as early as their son’s circumcision? Ouch.

    Painful tensions between couples and generations abound in Dada Woof Papa Hot, which is a bit chatty & sane for my taste, but still busts out with some tragicomic insights, as when Patrick Breen tells longtime spouse John Benjamin Hickey that he misses his dead mother because Hickey has never looked at him with the same look of love, or when Hurt races through the laundry list of (s)extracurricular do’s and don’ts he has worked out with his long-suffering husband (Stephen Plunkett in the Ralph Bellamy role). As the entire enterprise teeters perilously close to being a Kay Francis movie, a hetero cheating triangle composed of John Pankow, Kellie Overbey and the always funny Tammy Blanchard parallels the gay one. Needless to say, any of these splendid actors could carry a whole show, so the pieces they’re entrusted to carry here are the theatrical equivalent to a pickup basketball game.

    Which brings us back to glistening, male gym bodies. One of the many reasons the nudity in Dada Woof is a disappointment — it’s too short, it’s too far away, we’ve been waiting forever for an Alex Hurt nude scene so why didn’t anybody think to model it after Plunkett’s brief but shattering flash is Snow Orchid? — is that the nudity is in the wrong place.

    A few scenes before Hurt bounds onstage in wet trunks and replaces them with a dry towel, he successfully seduces Hickey in the latter’s child’s bedroom. It’s an intensely erotic scene — long, deliberate, probing — and it keeps you in such a state breathless anticipation you might feel lightheaded. Hurt’s costume designer should win some sort of special award for fashioning an up-to-the-minute gay couture, all monochromatic and formfitting chic. It’s an urban hunter’s outfit, and Alex Hurt might never be this sexy again. So when the scene ends without a stitch of that clothing being removed, and the nudity is squeezed into a scene that looks like something out of Beach Blanket Bingo, there’s a real sense of loss. A moment that belonged to Eros is snatched by the god of gratuitous nudity.

    To me, that’s more painful than a circumcision.

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