Ambivalence is a component of committed relationships that those to whom we are married may not wish to acknowledge.
It’s not the ambivalence of being attracted to someone other than our mate; that’s pretty much par. There is an ambivalence of caring, of not allowing our regard to wander.
In Dada Woof Papa Hot, playwright Peter Parnell acknowledges that we may be overwhelmed about how much attention we need to pay to each other when we love.
It’s a subtle point, subtly and sensitively made in Dada Woof Papa Hot, a play about parenting and coupling, at LCT’s Mizi E. Newhouse Theater through January 3rd.
Rob (Patrick Breen) and Alan (John Benjamin Hickey) are mature dads to a vey young little girl, Nicola, looking to share their experiences of parenting with other gay dads. To that end, they meet Scott (Stephen Plunkett) and Jason (Alex Hurt), fathers with two boys at their daughter’s school, for dinner.
In rehashing the evening with their old friends, Michael (John Pankow) and Serena (Kellie Overbey in an exceptional performance,) Rob and Alan are not sure what to make of their new friends. Jason is an artist, young and hot. Scott seems very conservative, they tell Serena and Michael.
Like Rob who is completely enamoured of Nicola, Serena is absorbed in her children’s lives. Michael and Alan have a more distracted view of parenthood. Michael, a writer, is drowning his disappointment over a failed theatrical production in an affair with Julia (Tammy Blanchard), a mother of one of his kids’ schoolmates. Rounding out the cast is the off-stage voice of Nicola, played by Tori Feinstein.
The acting is uniformly wonderful; the entire ensemble performs with delicacy and discernment. Tammy Blanchard turns a small role into a minefield à la an episode of Real Housewives.
Scott Ellis directs with the same finesse that his actors show to the material in Dada Woof Papa Hot.
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