Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

ensemble theatre · worst first kiss productions · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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June 17, 2017 not born yesterday

What I liked

I liked the fluid staging by director Jonah Platt that brought the action right into our faces so we were never distracted. When I see a show like this, where every one of the actors are excellent, I know this was directed by a true professional.

What I didn't like

At times the dialogue was swallowed due to the cavernous theatre space but even that did not weaken the impact of the theme.

My overall impression

This now almost classical play about teenage homophobia and bullying is handled with dramatic force by this admirable young company. This is my first time seeing it and I was amazed, moved, and angered by the awesome truth it reveals in our society. There was hurt dignity in James Sanger’s Beethoven, honest confusion in Chandler David’s CB, and terrifying anger and pain in Gabriel Nunag’s Matt. Joey Maya Safchik was delightful as CB’s wacky sister, Judy Durkin and Charlotte Weinman were wicked fun, and Ethan Treiman and Zoe D’Andrea gave strong support.

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