Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
(Presented by Askew theatre Company and Travis Donnelly)
We all grow up, don’t we? Or at least that’s the plan. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a clever, funny take on what would happen to a beloved and well-known comic strip character and his group of friends as they run the gauntlet that is high school on the path to figuring out who they are. Plus death. Plus the internet. Plus bullying. Plus binge drinking. Plus sexuality.
Tripping lightly along the edges so as not to incite copyright infringement, Dog Sees God opens with CB—a boy about the age of a high school senior—grieving the loss of his childhood dog, a beagle. He has a little sister, a best friend who used to compulsively carry a security blanket, a friend who used to be perpetually scruffy and dirty, a female friend who charges a nickel for psychotherapy, all with great names like “Tricia York.” You get the idea, yeah?
This is not a send-up of the original material. While it riffs on it for great comedic effect, Dog Sees God spends most of its time exploring the what if questions that the premise presents: what happened to Peanuts after? Putting all of this in the context of a framework we’re already familiar with allows us all in on the jokes and the questions. It’s so freakishly fresh.
The cast is made up of several college drama students who, had I not read that they were still in school, I never would have known it from the talent and confidence they threw out. Including the Director/Producer Travis Donnelly—he’s not yet graduated. Good grief! The entire cast was all spot-on, especially for opening night.
With Dog Sees God, you go for the fun, lots of laughs and get a sort of contemporary morality play in the bargain. What has modern life done to our kids, whether they’re two-dimensional or three? Is it a good life, or not? For two hours, it certainly is for the audience.
This production won’t be around long so if you’re going, you better get.
Tickets are highly recommended and are available online from Plays411 here -- or call (323) 960-7745 to order by phone.
Avery Schreiber Theatre
11050 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Insufferably bad street parking only, so plan to get there early.
Now through Saturday, April 17
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 7 p.m.
Running time is about 2 hours with a 10-minute intermission
Complete wheelchair/handicap access.
This theatre has concessions.
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