Daniel's Husband

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Reviews: 10

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Reviews: 0

Fri May 24, 8:00pm
Sat May 25, 2:00pm
Sat May 25, 8:00pm
Sun May 26, 2:00pm
Mon May 27, 8:00pm
Fri May 31, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 01, 2:00pm
Sat Jun 01, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 02, 2:00pm
Mon Jun 03, 8:00pm
Fri Jun 07, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 08, 2:00pm
Sat Jun 08, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 09, 2:00pm
Mon Jun 10, 8:00pm
Fri Jun 14, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 15, 2:00pm
Sat Jun 15, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 16, 2:00pm
Mon Jun 17, 8:00pm
Fri Jun 21, 8:00pm
Sat Jun 22, 2:00pm
Sat Jun 22, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 23, 2:00pm

Daniel and Mitchell are the perfect couple. What isn't so perfect is that Daniel desperately longs to be married, but Mitchell doesn't believe in it. When a life-altering event throws the couple into crisis, Mitchell must use the laws of his own heart to fight the rules of law. Michael McKeever's funny, passionate and poignant play takes an unflinching look at how we choose to tie the knot — or not. May 4 – June 23; Fridays @ 8 p.m. / Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. / Sundays at 2 p.m. / Mondays at 8 p.m.; $25-$45; In addition to regular seating, Pay-What-You-Want tickets are available on Monday nights (subject to availability). Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave. (at Normandie), Los Angeles, CA 90029; (323) 663-1525; www.FountainTheatre.com.

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Reviews

Shari Barrett
"Certainly the skill of these four actors in presenting honest and truthful characters, and Simon Levy’s skill at keeping them intertwining with each other as the conversation switches sides, will have you looking at your own behavior in relationships with piercing insight, especially for those of us walking that same line between “do we or don’t we” from many sides of the same argument. Be prepared to be amazed at the intense and utterly heartbreaking situations, perfectly scripted, acted and directed by this brilliant team, which arise as the question of legal guardianship surfaces. And bring Kleenex. And walk away in awe of this outstanding production sure to be a hit at next year’s Ovation Awards."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Avoiding Lifetime Movie-style clichés every step of the way, and guaranteed to leave you profoundly touched and moved, Daniel’s Husband’s Southern California Premiere at the Fountain is not to be missed."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The Fountain Theatre's Southern California premiere of DANIEL'S HUSBAND has brought together a not-oft-enough, ideal convergence of uniformly talent of talents - with witty, realistic, heart-rendering dialogue by playwright Michael McKeever; sturdy, even-paced directing by Simon Levy; first-rate technical elements; and a pitch, pitch-perfect cast of five actors, each at the top of their individual games."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


"If you are not moved by this exquisitely written, superbly directed (by Simon Levy ) and excellently performed by the entire cast, your heart is frozen somewhere up in Antarctica!"

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


"these are some of the finest actors in LA and they not only keep things together - they make it all terribly touching. And make small silent moments speak volumes. This is the kind of acting that make intimate theater special. You're not going to see a cast this good in a space this small in other cities. So laugh with the first half, cry or cringe with the second half - but enjoy these actors."

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Much of the first half of this intermission-less work plays out like a tempest in a teapot…..Things do change, however, in ways that reflect the shortsightedness and lack of understanding that many people have of their relative good fortune, and of the ways their lack of insight can sabotage their lives."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Where Daniel's Husband falters in a post-Obergefell v. Hodges world is in creating a dynamic that — instead of pitting a modern gay couple against the world (which, thanks to that ruling, was no longer as relevant) — pits them against each other in a way that feels overblown and contrived for dramatic impact. While differing views on the institution of marriage are perfectly understandable (especially from gays of older generations who've come to enjoy the lives they were forced to lead outside the confines of social expectations), Mitchell's objections are nonsensically severe."

sweet-sour - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"Director Simon Levy skillfully provides a balanced and evenhanded touch at the lighthearted and charming outset, but when Daniel's fate has to be decided, he gives the actors space to explore the realism of the situation with empathy and believability. His emphasis on the multi-dimensional nature of the characters adds to the thoughtful import of the story... This is a play that resonates long after the final moments. McKeever follows the dramatic ending with a flashback that allows the audience to revisit Daniel and Mitchell in a sweeter moment. Thanks to the fine production, this night of theater stimulates discussion and debate."

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


"“Daniel's Husband,” a certified small-scale crowd-pleaser, is perhaps most moving in those moments it expands our understanding of family. The play, gaining strength from the intimacy of the Fountain Theatre and the general excellence of the production, begins in laughter, culminates in tears and leaves off in contemplation of the dangers in putting off for another day what matters most."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"What we are left with is a PSA for marriage on practical, if not on romantic or moral grounds. Not that I don't agree with that message, I do, I do, but that can't be all a play is about. It's basically a highly sophisticated piece of agit-prop, a form that definitely has its place in the world, but is not emotionally complete. Nevertheless, the play is so well acted, and the theme is so important, that it does deserve to be seen."

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review


Shari Barrett
"Certainly the skill of these four actors in presenting honest and truthful characters, and Simon Levy’s skill at keeping them intertwining with each other as the conversation switches sides, will have you looking at your own behavior in relationships with piercing insight, especially for those of us walking that same line between “do we or don’t we” from many sides of the same argument. Be prepared to be amazed at the intense and utterly heartbreaking situations, perfectly scripted, acted and directed by this brilliant team, which arise as the question of legal guardianship surfaces. And bring Kleenex. And walk away in awe of this outstanding production sure to be a hit at next year’s Ovation Awards."

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Avoiding Lifetime Movie-style clichés every step of the way, and guaranteed to leave you profoundly touched and moved, Daniel’s Husband’s Southern California Premiere at the Fountain is not to be missed."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The Fountain Theatre's Southern California premiere of DANIEL'S HUSBAND has brought together a not-oft-enough, ideal convergence of uniformly talent of talents - with witty, realistic, heart-rendering dialogue by playwright Michael McKeever; sturdy, even-paced directing by Simon Levy; first-rate technical elements; and a pitch, pitch-perfect cast of five actors, each at the top of their individual games."

sweet - Gil Kaan - Broadway World - ...read full review


"If you are not moved by this exquisitely written, superbly directed (by Simon Levy ) and excellently performed by the entire cast, your heart is frozen somewhere up in Antarctica!"

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - Will Call - ...read full review


"these are some of the finest actors in LA and they not only keep things together - they make it all terribly touching. And make small silent moments speak volumes. This is the kind of acting that make intimate theater special. You're not going to see a cast this good in a space this small in other cities. So laugh with the first half, cry or cringe with the second half - but enjoy these actors."

sweet - Anthony Byrnes - KCRW - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"Much of the first half of this intermission-less work plays out like a tempest in a teapot…..Things do change, however, in ways that reflect the shortsightedness and lack of understanding that many people have of their relative good fortune, and of the ways their lack of insight can sabotage their lives."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - Stage Raw - ...read full review


"Where Daniel's Husband falters in a post-Obergefell v. Hodges world is in creating a dynamic that — instead of pitting a modern gay couple against the world (which, thanks to that ruling, was no longer as relevant) — pits them against each other in a way that feels overblown and contrived for dramatic impact. While differing views on the institution of marriage are perfectly understandable (especially from gays of older generations who've come to enjoy the lives they were forced to lead outside the confines of social expectations), Mitchell's objections are nonsensically severe."

sweet-sour - Marc Wheeler - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


"Director Simon Levy skillfully provides a balanced and evenhanded touch at the lighthearted and charming outset, but when Daniel's fate has to be decided, he gives the actors space to explore the realism of the situation with empathy and believability. His emphasis on the multi-dimensional nature of the characters adds to the thoughtful import of the story... This is a play that resonates long after the final moments. McKeever follows the dramatic ending with a flashback that allows the audience to revisit Daniel and Mitchell in a sweeter moment. Thanks to the fine production, this night of theater stimulates discussion and debate."

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


"“Daniel's Husband,” a certified small-scale crowd-pleaser, is perhaps most moving in those moments it expands our understanding of family. The play, gaining strength from the intimacy of the Fountain Theatre and the general excellence of the production, begins in laughter, culminates in tears and leaves off in contemplation of the dangers in putting off for another day what matters most."

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"What we are left with is a PSA for marriage on practical, if not on romantic or moral grounds. Not that I don't agree with that message, I do, I do, but that can't be all a play is about. It's basically a highly sophisticated piece of agit-prop, a form that definitely has its place in the world, but is not emotionally complete. Nevertheless, the play is so well acted, and the theme is so important, that it does deserve to be seen."

sweet - Eric Gordon - People's World - ...read full review