Last weekend some friends and I had the pleasure of going to The Drilling Company Theater to watch the play, “Dog Park“, penned and directed as a comedy for dog lovers by Maura Kelley. It was an incredibly entertaining, witty, and green conscious Off- Off- Broadway theatrical production.
The story takes place in an Upper West Side dog park that is being closed due to an evil real estate tycoon’s commercialization project. This colorful array of dog owners ranges from an out-of-work opera singer, a Maltese owner, to a gay Frenchie owning couple. They all not only fight back to ensure their dogs have a place to run and play, but are also advocates for green space. This play spoofs iconic figures and is filled with madcap physical comedy. It also demonstrates useful tactics that communities use to fight for their cause: petitions, “poop” protests, dog kidnappings and as well as an all night stakeout along the vein of “Occupy Dog Park”.
I’m a pretty detailed oriented person and I could see that nothing was overlooked. From the set design, the props, Mrs. Tramp’s puppet (one of my favorites), to the casts wardrobe; everything was well thought out and helped to bring the script to life. I wish I could have made it to the cast party last night, but I’m glad I was able to make a trip up to NYC to see the show before it closed.
This cast of ten includes:
Willy Alvarez, *Walter Cline, Kali Katzman, *Zander Meisner, Kim St. Clair, Cem Uyanik, & Adam Zuniga….as the dog lovers. *Ken Bolander, Channing Brauer, and *Adam Le Bow … as the evil commercial enterprise.
* denotes members of Actors Equity Association.
The show opened on January 25th and will continue until February 12th, so you still have time go and check it out! Click here for more info and to get your tickets.
Getting there is pretty easy. The Drilling Company Theater is located on the Upper West Side on 78th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. The 1 train will drop you off at 79th street and you’ll only be a few steps away.
The Drilling Company Theater, 236 West 78th Street, NYC
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 3:00 PM
Tickets $18 general admission. Actors Equity Showcase.
Running time 85 minutes.
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