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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead - Acting Edition Paperback – January 1, 2006
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The characters are recognizable as Peanuts analogs, not just from their names but from their habits and tendencies; even the characters who are merely mentioned (Franklin, Freida, The Little Red-Haired Girl) make sense from the minimal descriptions given them. Only the Beethoven character requires some work for his character to make sense.
The plot of the play involves CB mourning his dead dog, trying to figure out the meaning of life and trying to do right by someone he had known before some troubles threw him into the "Violently Outcast" category. His friends are unable to answer or mourn, and his attempt to right things goes mortally wrong.
As long as the characters stay in their stage reality by using their stage names the action seems to drift from dysfunction to dysfunction. Every thing that could go wrong with Teenagers today, from drinking to eating problems to extreme navel-gazing to bullying to cattiness to lazy religiosity is hit, one at a time with each character. As stage names resolve into Peanuts names, however, the stage reality slips off with painful consequences for all involved. And the final scene will throw all but the darkest of hearts into tears.
The major drawback to the play is that the character depiction seems to require a bit too much of an early 2000's understanding of teenager behavior, and of that only what people consider wrong with kids nowadays. The characters (Outside of CB) seem unable to do more than pay attention to themselves; hence the turn to the worse when one character gets forced out of his stage reality by a name said by another character (One Word: Pigpen).Read more ›
And then there's Bert V. Royal's DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD, which is generally described as "an unauthorized parody" of PEANUTS. The play began as a series of readings in 2004 and continued through various tweaks to emerge as a popular off-Broadway show a year or so later. It has been widely performed, particularly in the wake of several widely reported cases of bullying that ended in suicide.
The characters of DOG SEES GOD are clearly riffs on the children from the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown has become C.B. and is mourning his dog, who recently died of rabies. His sister (never named but clearly Sally) is going through weekly religious phases: last week she was Baptist, this week she is wiccan. Linus Van Pelt, now known as Van, has become a pot-head, and his infamously crabby sister (like Sally, never named but clearly Lucy) is locked up in a psych ward as a pyromaniac. Peppermint Patty and Marcie have transformed into Trisha and Marcy, both of them pretty and pretty slutty. Pigpen has morphed into a germaphobic and homophobic jock named Matt. And then there is Beethoven, a new take on Schroeder; his father was arrested some time ago and Beethoven is now the outcast of the crowd, which hates him because they think he is gay.
The play moves along in a series of short scenes that are linked by C.B.Read more ›
Our local community theatre staged a production as part of its Late Night Theatre series, and the show worked well for that crowd. It's got some edgy material that may be a little much for your run of the mill community theatre mainstage, but for educational theatre or spaces known for putting on grittier shows that push the envelope this is a dark and funny little show to consider.
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As a high school teacher I was disappointed that I could not use this material for my classroomPublished 16 months ago by Suzanne E. Theisen
As I read the play it reminded me of how it feels to be alive again, within the story of another character.Published 20 months ago by Joe Martorano
This was a Christmas gift. This was specifically requested and very well received! I was very happy to give something that was wanted!Published 24 months ago by K. L. Martin
There are so many better plays that deal with teen angst, I don't know why anyone would want to enter the sad and not very funny world created by these authors. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Amigo1