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  Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at Oracle Theatre

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

Oracle Theatre
1802 W. Berenice Chicago

Dog Sees God is an unauthorized parody of the famous comic strip by Charles M. Schultz. When CBís dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife. His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this groupís bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending thatís both haunting and hopeful.

Presented by Rubicon Theatre Project

Thru - Dec 15, 2007

Price: $10-$20

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 773-466-1835

Running Time: 1hr 25mins; no intermission

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  Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Not Recommended

" matter how much you squint, these characters bear zero resemblance the originals. Royal has a different agenda, anyway -- namely, to tell a story about the perils of being gay in high school -- which has been slapped onto the Peanuts idea. The script is a cheat. It pretends to spoof but doesn't do the homework. As you-know-who would say: good grief."
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Nina Metz

Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...Ron Popp's well-cast Rubicon Theatre Project ensemble throw themselves into their characters, coming closer to Columbine than Pleasantville. Fans of Peanuts may feel as if the Great Pumpkin has been dropped on them from 200 feet. But there's no shame in asking an audience to give up in order to grow up."

Lawrence Bommer

Windy City Times - Highly Recommended

"...Rubiconís simple production under Ron Poppís strong direction features a comic cast that gets the nastiness and aimlessness of teenagers just right, plus the sometimes existential pondering and silly dance styles of the original Peanuts gang. Chris Kordysí C.B. is the emotional and honest heart of the production, particularly when he digs into a growing well of grief."
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Scott C. Morgan

Time Out Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"...Royalís extreme recasts provide plenty of chuckles for fans of the strip, and thereís a lot to be admired in Poppís production, such as John Gormanís pitch-perfect set design and cast standouts Michele Gross (as a flailing, performance artĖinclined Sally), Jacob A. Ware (a stoner Linus), and Colleen E. Miller and Anna Schutz (Peppermint Patty and Marcie, respectively, as slutty Mean Girls). The only spoilers are Royalís abrupt, inorganic tonal shift and the woefully miscast Chris Kordys as C.B. Royalís script calls for Charlie Brown to have grown up into a charismatic, popular Everyman with an emotional range."
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Kris Vire

ChicagoCritic - Not Recommended

"...This disjointed story has major tone shifts and a contrived plot that implodes credulity. This poorly written piece goes from raunchy parody to gay teen coming out to a preachy piece about how we all need to get along. The play superficially covers bullying, drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence and rebellion. Royalís characters are stereotypical, underdeveloped and bland."
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Tom Williams

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