The gregarious Matt Koplik plays Donald Moscowitz who constantly bears the brunt of his parents’ overbearing natures. He is instantly likable, charming, and relatable as any young person can identify with in trying to maintain his independence while also respecting his parents. Kate Katcher and Tony Rossi play Donald’s parents and make quite the electric pair as they are nothing short of domineering. With his close friends, Levi and Henrietta, by his side, Donald is able to concoct an elaborate story that he hopes will make his parents happy and one that he will be able to pull off without hurting anybody’s feelings.
The adorable Alex Ammerman who “plays” Donald’s son is eloquent, heartfelt, and just plain, delightful, in his efforts to keep the family happy and be there for his dad. The final scene, while predictable, delivers a fine testament to this little boy’s character and just how elated he is to receive the ending he truly deserves. Grandma Moscowitz displays a special attachment to him, as her final dream in life is to meet her great grandson. Deb Armelino’s portrayal of Grandma is absolutely hysterical and embodies the sweet and caring nature of a grandmother with a kick as she takes pleasure in driving her daughter-in-law Marion absolutely insane.
Shua Potter’s Levi and Elizabeth Klein’s Henrietta bring the party to this production as their flashy personalities take center stage in their efforts to help Donald. Humorous and self-motivated in their individual approaches, these two will not give up the façade and take their roles very seriously even when meeting the real character they are portraying. When Donald’s ex-girlfriend shows up looking for her son, hilarity ensures. Allyson Haley’s Mary Ellen McGuire has had one partner in life after her break-up from Donald and his name is Johnny Walker. In fact, she is so in love with this whiskey, that she names her one and only son after him.
The costume design by Antonio Consuegra relies on basic contemporary attire, as the story takes place in Donald’s small apartment, and provides a combination of casual house clothes such as blue jeans and polo shirts, with a bit more dressy options chosen for the female characters. Marion is always put together with her nails and hair nicely done. The scenic design by Kevin Klakouski remains true to the typical bachelor pad chic — minimal furniture, a bar area, and various items strewn about the space.
For a fun twist on family drama, Marshall Goldberg’s Daddy Issues delivers. Approaching familial issues and expectations in a hilarious and heartfelt way, this comedy makes a powerful statement and has something for each member of the family.
Daddy Issues (through November 7, 2016)
The Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W 46th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues, in Midtown Manhattan
For tickets, visit the box office at St. Clement’s or http://www.DaddyIssuesThePlay.com
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission