No More Dead Dogs: World Premiere of Dark High School Comedy at Griffin Theatre
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The last date listed for No More Dead Dogs was Sunday June 19, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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Simply put: In the 18th century, you could not call a man's horse "fat" and get away with it. Young Lucidus, however, wishes the opposite was true in The Coward. Hounded by his honor-obsessed father, Lucidus is pressured into dueling over the equine slight. Not cut out for such sordid stuff -- he's more into entomology and tea -- the young nobleman hires a common criminal to fight in his place ... only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. A series of duels follows and Lucidus, to his dismay, finds his "fearsome" reputation exceeding his wildest expectations. Though set in the 1790s (sort of), The Coward is a knockout new comedy from Nick Jones (currently a writer for Orange Is the New Black on Netflix). Now Vance Smith directs its Midwest premiere at Theater Wit. Learn More
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This play provided a very refreshing, fun, light evening. It's a great family play and should appeal to junior high and older. What fun to see a teacher capitulate and enjoy it in spite of himself. There was plenty of action and a rather ambivalent moral. The set design was simple, but clever and the acting was believable.
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Despite a plot as predictable as that of “My Pal Old Shep,” this show is well-produced with simple, but versatile set design and creative use of space. The live musical performances and soundtrack selections took me back to my own high school...continued
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“William Massolia’s smart, funny, lightly satirical stage adaptation of Canadian-bred writer Gordon Korman’s 2002 young adults novel could not be more charming.” —_"Chicago Sun-Times":http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/weiss/5300750-417/dead-dogs-has-plenty-of-bite.html _
A comedy about the horrors of school literature, No More Dead Dogs’__ __title comically points to the fact that many books for young adults often have the dog die (such as _Old Yeller _and Where the Red Fern Grows, including the book that causes the main source of all the character’s problems, Old Shep, My Pal.
The story unfolds through the eyes of Wallace Wallace (his first name is the same as his last) a teen who never lies, ever, because he is determined to be different from his lying, long-gone dad. But when Wallace gives a scathing review of his teacher’s favorite book, he winds up in detention—because sometimes telling the truth can get you into more trouble than lying.
Wallace Wallace asks the one question that all of us have been wanting to ask: Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end? This hilarious comedy comes complete with an onstage rock and roll band with original music written for the production by sound designer Rick Sims.
About the Ticket Supplier: Griffin Theatre CompanyThe mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its
audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit,
style and compassion for the audience.