Seeing Dog Sees God

Written by Staff Writer on March 7th, 2012
By Tucker Costello ’12

If you haven’t gone to see the Theater Departments Black Box production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal and brilliantly directed by Margaret Smith (’12) you’re missing out. No really, I know people say that shit all the time– but I’m not people. This play is powerful. In case you don’t know, the show looks at the high school days of Charles Schultz’s Peanuts characters and deals with some huge questions and issues, like sexuality, death, life after death, and whether a caterpillar can wish hard enough to emerge from its chrysalis as a platypus.

The real beauty of the Dog Sees God is the way the cast and crew has elevated the space and the performance above the material. Everyone in the cast produces fantastic moments, bringing their characters to life not only as grown up versions of iconic and wise elementary schoolchildren but as people we all know; those we love and those we love to hate. Helped by consultations with clubs and orgs like Skidmore Pride Alliance and The Center for Sex and Gender as well as local high school students and counselors the play resonates with so much of the recent issues we have begun dealing with on campus and across the country; not the least of which are drugs, bullying and complacency. As audience members, sitting on all sides, backlit and forced to confront each other and these characters, Dog Sees God asks us what it means to take action (good or bad) and what it means when we see action being taken but stand by, silent.

The last night of the play is tonight at 8:00pm and despite the fact that tickets have been sold out for a week you can still get on the wait list (i.e. you should); a lot of waitlisted people got in to see last night’s performance and you won’t regret it.

 

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