Do we marry for love or is it something else? It’s this very question that’s at the core of Daniel’s Husband. This insightful analysis of gay marriage gives compelling reasons why we may, and may not, want any part of it.

The story follows Daniel and Mitchell’s seemingly perfect life, except for one thing. Daniel wants to get married and Mitchell is opposed to the concept altogether. Matthew Montelongo’s portrayal of Mitchell is a journey unto itself. He captures the deep loneliness that only someone who has deeply loved, and lost, could fathom.

The play examines the institution of marriage and questions why we want to have our love validated by the very institutions that fought to keep us out. Add to the that the failing divorce rate and it becomes easy to take sides with Mitchell however, it’s not long before tragedy strikes Daniel forcing a family feud that forces them apart. Daniel, played by Ryan Spahn, is as deeply moving as he is funny and between these actors there quite possibly was not a dry eye in the house. Like the perfect gay dinner party, there is no shortage of smart one-liners, political commentary and thought-provoking discussions of how marriage has come to validate one person’s love for another.

Say “I Do” To Daniel’s Husband, notable moments include Barry (Lou Liberatore) and Trip’s (Leland Wheeler) parting glance at the doorway and Michell and Lydia’s (Anna Holbrook) epic blowout over Daniel’s custody.

Daniel’s Husband
Until February 2019
Westside Theatre
407 W 43rd Street
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Main photo of Matthew Montelongo and Ryan Spahn by Carol Rosegg.