D is for Dog

theatre · rogue artists ensemble · Ages 12+ · United States

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ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 09, 2012
This show is why I love going to the theater. There is something magical about how this story unfolds. I haven't seen many 99seat productions with such sophisticated design elements. I dont want to give it away but there are two visitors that show up midshow that ,literally, took my breath away. This is a company to watch out for. For true fans of sci-fi this show will leave you very excited. ... full review
MR. FRINGE uncertified reviewer June 07, 2012
Despite excellent design work and fine performances, D is for Dog is DOA due to a serious lack of plot. The first act meanders along, a series of bizarre sketches- not especially funny and not especially interesting. The second act picks up a (small) bit, but is still hampered by the writing. Skip it.... full review
GREGORY CRAFTS uncertified reviewer June 12, 2012
Let me preface this review by stating that I only got to see the first half of it. Don't believe the run time listed above or in the Fringe guide. This show is almost two hours long, and when I saw it last week, they started 15 minutes late (standard for normal LA Theatre, but really frustrating at Fringe when I had to leave at intermission to make a 10pm curtain for my own show). The show is well-acted and well-designed featuring an awesome set with large-scale, complex sci-fi elements as only the Rogues know how to create. It's a visual treat. The story's engaging, with intriguing characters trapped in a world where all isn't what it seems to be and I'm eager to see where it goes. I hope I can come back and see the rest of the show at ... full review
AMY AMNESIA uncertified reviewer June 15, 2012
This show is running for 8 more weeks, but if you wait until the end of the run to see it you'll be mad at yourself, because you're going to want to see it again. So incredibly clever without commenting on it, and exquisite performances from the entire cast, but a special acknowledgement to Nina Silver as Mrs. Rogers. It takes immense grace to be able to pull of a Stepford-esque role but make it so engaging and full of life. You will be completely fascinated in all the correct senses of that word, and if you're not on the edge of your seat from the intermission on, you're not human.... full review
SEAN COOK uncertified reviewer June 15, 2012
I have been yelling in the face of everybody i have met that they have to see D is for Dog. This is not a show that you'd hate yourself for missing. The puppetry the projections, the incredible set are only matched by the meticulous performances and astounding sense of dread and wonder that permeates every scene. A show like this is really a gift. I believe the technical aspects have already been rewarded in the LA theater community, but the actors need to be recognized as well. They are sharp, hilarious, dedicated and swelling with heart beneath their character's chemically dependent, disillusioned attempts to maintain a perfect reality. Haven't we all felt that way?... full review
DANA DERUYCK uncertified reviewer June 15, 2012
This show is the TOTAL PACKAGE. The script itself is interesting and well-written, and the production is beautifully conceived. Each actor is spot-on, funny, and heartfelt, and when the "big reveal" moment happens, you'll be frozen in your seats. Get to this show as soon as you can; it's a real find, and as soon as the word hits the street, tickets will be flying...... full review
TREY NICHOLS uncertified reviewer June 24, 2012
It's hard to describe this play without spoiling it--there are many surprises along the way. You've seen the postcard, right? Housewife serving up a baking sheet full of pills? At one level, "D Is For Dog" is a stylized parody of baby boom suburban America as reflected in sitcoms of the 1950's and early 60's. But the family's morning pill-popping ritual is the first of many clues that all is not what it seems in this peppy picture perfect world. My response to the play was cumulative: In Act I, I found myself amused, intrigued, my head buzzing with questions; by the end of the play, I was devastated. The cast and direction were uniformly excellent, the set design was perfect, the puppetry beautiful and haunting. The writing was strong,... full review
ANONYMOUS uncertified reviewer June 24, 2012
saw this show last night and was blown away! Best all around show at Fringe this year - in every way from the puppetry, the effects, script and actors - everything. Theatre gone Rogue!... full review
VASEK FRANK (CINESNATCH) http://cinesnatch.blogspot.com/ certified reviewer June 11, 2012
A wrought iron railing incorporating bicycle parts leads up to the raked house of the adorable Hudson Theatre, where there lies its little, but mighty open proscenium stage. Precious, sometimes jazzy flute music, sounding like the theme to a candy store, by composers Ben Phelps and John Nobori, plays before curtain. Based on an original concept by Rogue Artists' Sean T. Cawelti, he cowrote the script with Katie Polebaum, et al, about a (literal, figurative, and otherwise) nuclear family, headed by Mr. Rogers (Guy Birtwhistle), who works for the pharmaceutical company Conservation Corporation. Not only is their house tract, their entire lives are. The family members are so perfect and well-oiled, they quite possibly poop rose pedals, and,... full review