The Grand Rapids Press Review of ‘The Little Dog Laughed’

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‘Little Dog Laughed’ is cockeyed, haphazard comedy

By Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press
March 19, 2010, 8:02AM

Is everybody happy?

They are in the cockeyed, Hollywood ending of Douglas Carter Beane’s Tony-nominated comedy, “The Little Dog Laughed,” which Actors’ Theatre opened Thursday for a small, but satisfied audience of about 100.

Mitchell played by Calin Skidmore, left, gets to know his new found friend Alex played by John Piedmonte while hanging in his hotel room during Wednesday dress rehearsal of "Little Dog Laughed." (Paul L. Newby, II | The Grand Rapids Press)

At times, the haphazard story feels as bizarre as the nursery rhyme about the cow jumping over the moon, but by the time the dish runs away with the spoon it all makes perfect sense. Beane has penned some delightfully funny lines that slice through to the truth with shocking ease.

It’s all about the contrast between what appears to be and what is, even when people aren’t exactly sure what they want. Mitchell (Calin Skidmore) is an up-and-coming actor who struggles with homosexual desires, but the world thinks he’s madly in love with Diane, (Sherryl Despres) the sharp-tongued agent who’s his date at the Academy Awards.

Then Mitchell meets Alex (Taylor John Piedmonte), a sex-for-money “rent boy” who tries not to think about what he does for a living. He goes home to girlfriend Ellen (Lizzy Sulkowski), who entertains an older gentleman for the use of his charge card….

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Tickets for The Little Dog Laughed range from $22.00 for adults to $8.00 for student rush tickets an hour prior to performances. For Thursday performances, a second ticket is $10.00 with the purchase of the first ticket at full price. The box office number to reserve tickets is 616.234.3946, or click below to order your tickets now!

March 18, 19 & 20 and March 25, 26 & 27. Show begins at 8 PM.

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