DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

CJ N2N
Featured Actor
joined:7/8/11
There was a small thread about this a little while back but I didn't see any reason to bump it so I started my own.

Dog Sees God is one of my favorite plays to read. Sadly I've never seen it, but I really love the script. Speaking as someone who's currently in high school, the dialogue and situations are pretty realistic (at least from the language and partying perspective).

Has any one here seen or been in any productions? I'd love to hear about them!


Updated On: 11/27/12 at 06:06 PM
songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
I personally loved it. My company produced the UK premiere production here in Manchester to rave reviews and sell out audiences
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EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/11
I'm a big fan--I saw a great production in Montreal (one critic claimed it was the Canadian premier, but no clue if it was). I'd like to see more plays from Bert V Royal--he did the film Easy A which was an above average teen comedy, I thought, though not brilliant, and now seems to be pretty much devoted to several film and TV projects.
BroadwayGuy12
Broadway Star
joined:12/22/07
I LOVE this play. I saw a production during my first semester at college, and I truly believe it shaped my entire college experience. It made me realize that I was at the absolutely right school for me, and encouraged me to get involved with student theatre (I also developed a pretty huge crush on the guy who played Beethoven...). I've read it many, many times since then, and am still touched by it. I hope I get to see a professional production one day!
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songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
We had a blast doing it and got to know Bert pretty well, in fact i still do (hes still on my Facebook, lovely guy). He even did some press interviews to help us promote the UK premiere and it's transfer. I got to direct the show and play Beethoven which was a challenge.

Also i would say Easy A is much better than above average, critics loved the film some comparing it to John Hughe's classic films. The film also earned Emma a Golden Globe nomination.

Bert did have a TV show in production for CW but was sadly not picked up (they picked up a load of rubbish instead)
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EricMontreal22
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/11
I should probably re-watch Easy A. I was pleasantly surprised, and did really enjoy it, but maybe due to Dog sees God I expected to be blown away--which isn't fair since it was a commercial teen movie. I do remember the critics largely loved it though (and I liked it more than a number of John Hugh movies--Weird Science is hardly a classic ).

Do you know if he's still attached to do the remake of that Japanese horror film about two actresses? It's cool that he got involved with publicity for your production.
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joined:5/11/08
I saw a production at the Boxcar Theatre in San Francisco. It was so good, I saw it twice. I went in having already read the play. I liked it when I read the script, but I fell in love when I saw it come to life on stage. This play is an dead-on reflection of growing up.
"You have two kinds of shows on Broadway revivals and the same kind of musicals over and over again, all spectacles. You get your tickets for The Lion King a year in advance, and essentially a family... pass on to their children the idea that that's what the theater is a spectacular musical you see once a year, a stage version of a movie. It has nothing to do with theater at all. It has to do with seeing what is familiar.... I don't think the theatre will die per se, but it's never going to be what it was.... It's a tourist attraction." Stephen Sondheim
wonderfulwizard11
Broadway Legend
joined:7/30/05
I also love this play- I was fortunate enough to be in it my first year in college, playing Beethoven, and it was a really fantastic experience. It's a wonderful script, and there's so much to work with for actors. I'd love to revisit the show again at some point.
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AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
I saw the Off-Broadway premiere at the late, great Century Center and thought it was a really good production of a solidly okay play. At the time it went up, 90% of the cast were known to most almost exclusively from film and TV (America Ferrera, Eliza Dushku, Ian Somerholder, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Logan Marshall Green etc); some of them have gone on to work pretty consistently in theatre. At the time, I was impressed by how well they all handled themselves on stage. The play was an entertaining afternoon but not memorable.

If I recall correctly, there was turmoil backstage and most of the cast ended up walking off the production, which caused it to close earlier than planned. Can anyone with a better memory confirm this?

ETA: Did a search which showed that the show closed after Dushku, Ferrera, and Somerholder quit.

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Updated On: 11/28/12 at 10:19 AM
Thparkaly
Understudy
joined:9/11/12
Felt I had to bump this as I'm getting ready for a production of this show. I will be producing and playing Beethoven as well. I guess that's a running theme now songanddanceman2.
I'm so excited!
Upcoming: Beethoven - Dog Sees God Recently: Into The Woods ASM, Spring Awakening Conductor/Piano/Ensemble/u/s Otto. #interlochen
MaddieBB12
Broadway Star
joined:11/1/12
I ADORE this show. I cried just reading it on paper and while I hope to see it someday, I don't known how I'll sit through it.
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
I saw it off-Broadway, and thought it was perfectly ghastly: horribly written, and stupid beyond belief.

If, as you say, CJ, this is an accurate depiction of today's high school students, then we're in even worse shape than I thought!
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jimmycurry01
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/05
There's a shocker. Everyone is raving about a play and After Eight hates it. Who would have guessed?
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
"If, as you say, CJ, this is an accurate depiction of today's high school students, then we're in even worse shape than I thought!"

Oh we are, we ARE. You wouldn't BELIEVE how terrible things are nowadays. Think of the worst possible everything. Now times it times infinity. That doesn't even scratch the surface of how awful things are nowadays.
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Thparkaly
Understudy
joined:9/11/12
Dog Sees God isn't nearly as bad as some (SOME) of us high school students are today.
Upcoming: Beethoven - Dog Sees God Recently: Into The Woods ASM, Spring Awakening Conductor/Piano/Ensemble/u/s Otto. #interlochen
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
^

That is sobering to learn, and very, very depressing.

In any case, I wish you much success with the play.
Thparkaly
Understudy
joined:9/11/12
Coincidental, but this was just posted on the official Dog Sees God Facebook page:


Sequel!!
Upcoming: Beethoven - Dog Sees God Recently: Into The Woods ASM, Spring Awakening Conductor/Piano/Ensemble/u/s Otto. #interlochen
Roscoe
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Dreadful unfunny one-joke play, I refuse to believe it took more than an hour to toss off. It's ongoing popularity is really mystifying.
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songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
I for sure seemed to spilt people's opinions when it opened in America, that's fine though, art is subjective after all. We got huge response to the show here and Charlie Brown was never a huge thing here.

Very excited for the sequel, I know he's been working on it with his co writer for awhile, hopefully we will get to premiere it here in the UK. I have nothing but love for Bert, such a nice guy. Spoke to him for years on Facebook, he calls me and my partner the cutest couple he's never met luckily that's changing soon as he's apparently coming to the UK and wants to go out for dinner, excited.

Good luck with your production and performance, have a blast
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