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DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - April 24, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
“What ever happened to Good Grief?”
Even the most devoted fans of the comic strip “Peanuts” must wish that Charlie Brown would just once change out of that yellow, jagged-striped shirt. Or shave his string of hair, kick that darn football or do something — anything — different.
But, alas, the world created by Charles M. Schulz hasn’t changed much since it first appeared in 1950, which makes the premise of the disposable parody “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” so irresistible: what would happen to Charlie Brown and his friends if they grew up?
Bert V. Royal’s scenario is a welcome antidote to the notion that the “Peanuts” gang provides merely a slice of American cuteness, perfect for Hallmark cards or Broadway musicals. Royal is openly gay, and though his script is loaded with broad humor, it minces no words about the tragic consequences of teenage intolerance. Although, there are plenty of winks to fans, the spirit of the play has as much in common with “Peanuts” as it does with the view of high school as a Darwinian hell (presented in movies like “Heathers” and “Mean Girls”). The play, which premiered off Broadway in 2005 was recognized by GLAAD with a media award.
When CB’s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.
The show stars an accomplished group of local actors including Katie Benson, Matthew Clark, Heidi Gardner, Jordan Kline, Bryan Murtha, Skylar Spanburgh, Kimberli Rowley and Kirk Yutzy.
Truly a remarkable masterpiece with an intense message to be understood, this show is a must-see. It has so much to offer and a resounding message; happy endings are elusive, but it is inspiring to know that even we insecure blockheads can become the heroes of our own lives.
DOG SEES GOD will be performed April 15th, 16t, 22nd, & 23rd at 8 pm and April 17th & 24th at 2:00 pm at the Embassy Theatre in Downtown Cumberland.
PLEASE NOTE: Dog Sees God is a Red Curtain Production. It is not recommended for young audiences due to strong language and adult situations.