An entertaining one man show that combines dark, bawdy humor with poignant moments, Who’s Your Daddy? reveals the dramatic but true story of actor Johnny O’Callaghan’s travails in adopting a young Ugandan boy. Passionate and moving, the presentation features excellent acting and colorful language to ultimately tell a story of love and devotion.
O’Callaghan, disappointed in love and career, travels to Uganda on a fluke, where he bonds with a little orphan, and immediately decides to adopt him. Facing almost insurmountable?odds, O’Callaghan?overcomes enormous obstacles to adopt his son, and in so doing, finds himself.
Writer/actor O’Callaghan embodies multiple roles, from an unctuous African official to his vacuous traveling companion, family, friends, coworkers, and the diversity of Ugandans he meets. Expressive and charming, O’Callaghan employs poetic and sometimes profane language to reveal his fierce, determined journey.
Director Tom Ormeny brings a steady rhythm and dynamic energy to the production mimicking O’Callaghan’s intense quest. While the production sometimes attempts to meander down an interesting back alley, Ormeny does a fine job keeping it on track, skillfully combining harrowing tales with comic bits and asides.
Ormeny’s design team also does a great job in evoking both the beauty and threat of Uganda through Lucan Melkonian’s impressive set, Carol Doehring’s elegant lighting, and Rob Corn’s witty and dramatic sound design.
Containing adult humor and situations, Who’s Your Daddy? reveals the hilarious and horror filled trials and tribulations of O’Callaghan’s quest to adopt a young boy in Uganda.
Who’s Your Daddy? plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. through Dec. 18 at The Little Victory Theatre located at 3326 W. Victory Blvd. in Burbank. Tickets cost $24-$34. Call (818) 841-5422 or visit www.thevictorytheatrecenter.com for further information or to reserve tickets.