Dog & Pony Theatre Co.
Since 2002

PRESS

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING

4 stars
TimeOut Chicago

"gorgeously sung"
Chicago Reader

"extraordinarily powerful"
Flavorpill

"unnerving"
Huffington Post

"incredible"
Chicago Journal

"passionate, incisive"
Sheridan Road


ROADKILL CONFIDENTIAL

"4 stars ... fascinating ..." - Time Out Chicago

"Recommended ... skillful, intriguing, and morbidly funny ... tremendous cast and provocative staging ... " - The Reader

" ...  cast delivers fine comedic performances ... " - Chicago Journal  

 


THE TWINS WOULD LIKE TO SAY

Recommended by Newcitystage.com

Chicago Tribune
Three stars "Many promenade shows feel gimmicky, and frequently are uncomfortable to watch. Not this one. "... sophisticated staging..." "It is a very rich experience. And richly acted. As the twins, Ashleigh LaThrop and Paige Collins are quite moving in their quiet resilience."

Reader
"... delightful in its inventiveness."  "... hugely entertaining ..."  "The entire cast is deft, but Paige Collins and Ashleigh LaThrop are something special as June and Jennifer, communicating their collusions and competitions, seductions and rejections, love and hate with a whole vocabulary of physicalizations ..."

NewCity Recommended

The Examiner
" ... cryptic, playful and innovative."  

Gapers Block  
" ... hilarious and heart-wrenching ... overall highly successful."  "The acting, particularly by Collins and LaThrop, was impeccable."

Broadwayworld.com
"To say The Twins Would Like To Say is a theatrically refreshing 60 minutes would be an understatement.  There are moments when The Twins' abstract storytelling, wildly imaginitive staging, and fully committed performances are great.  Other times, they're even better."


GOD'S EAR

God's Ear gets 5 stars in TimeOut!
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Chirs Jones praises God's Ear
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Chicago Magazine

Dog & Pony voted Chicago's Best Theatre Troupe by Chicago Magazine

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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER

The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler named in Top 5 Memorable Productions by a Smaller Theatre Troupe by NewcityStage.com

JEFF Recommended

"Solid laughs, witty metaphors and clever juxtapositions." -Timeout Chicago 10/08


AS TOLD BY THE VIVIAN GIRLS


As Told by the Vivian Girls on Time Out Chicago's Top Ten Plays of 2008
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As Told by the Vivian Girls on Chicago Tribune Top Five Fringe Theatre plays of 2008
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"If you see only one play this month, make it this one." - Chicago Magazine 4/08

Best of 2008 - one of 3 shows named in preview of what's to come - Chicago Social Magazine 4/08

"Dog & Pony's stunningly ambitious, fascinating new performance piece...is appropriately expansive....In a play full of eureka moments, the most breathtaking is an interaction between the artist and his characters that illustrates, as well as we've ever seen, the joy of creating art." - Time Out Chicago, 5 out of 6 stars!

"By turns obscure, charming, terrifying, naifish, brutal and mesmerizing, "As Told By the Vivian Girls" might be one of the more challenging and fascinating evenings in Chicago theater right now." - Chicago Tribune

"A special award should be devised for the directors, designers and performers involved...everyone comes together at the most pivotal moments, with sound projections and the sense of having entered some strange, haunting, alternative world coalescing like magic." - Recommended, Sun Times


APE

Critics' Pick - TimeOut Chicago

"Budding political playwrights, take note: In this stimulating play, we hear people grappling with ideas within the context of their own stories. That happens most engagingly through the resonant mother-son relationship...Such honesty has been handled with care by Vanderwarker and her fine cast; as Aaron's mom, Larson is so natural she doesn't seem to know she's in a play....It also signals an author whose evolution we'll eagerly observe."
- Novid Parsi, TimeOut Chicago

"A compelling new play...Grant Sabin's set design is bang on the money....As portrayed by Evan Fillon, Aaron is adolescence personified -- morose and curled in on himself, with flashes of spunk and real intellect....What works exceedingly well are the carefully observed moments of veiled intentions."
- Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

"directed with marvelous invention by Krissy Vanderwarker" and featuring "Evan Fillon, marvelous as a sensitive, brainy, sexually awakening adolescent"
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times


MR. MARMALADE

Five Stars
- TimeOut Chicago

"Sweet and quirky without being saccharine, imaginatively staged without feeling overzealous, this rendition possesses a goosebumpy warmness we didn't see coming."
- TimeOut Chicago

"[a] perfect production...the perfect balance between playfulness and pathos...they've nailed it."
- Newcity

"devilishly delicious"
- Chicago Free Press

"swiftly directed...cunningly designed...and acted with panache"
- Chicago Tribune

"The innovative emerging Dog & Pony Theatre Company" - Flavorpill


OSAMA THE HERO

"...some of the most disturbingly well-staged violence we've seen in a long time, a moment where playwright Dennis Kelly and director Krissy Vanderwarker pinpoint the psychology of misdirected rage in the name of national and international security." "excellently played" - Chicagoist





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