Wild Dogs

It got great reviews, so I was expecting great things. But my reaction was mixed. A very strong cast – it almost seems silly to mention the cast since Toronto area companies always have great casts these days – but an odd play. The setting was great – a nice forest edge, where the characters gathered to talk to the audience. the effect was rather tlike having someone read a long, fluid poem. The language was smooth and rythmic, so much so that I had a hard time not falling asleep in the middle. But the plot was almost non-existent – each character had a perspective to present, but vey little interaction with each other. So we had to listen to the outsiders who have lost their dogs, use this as a metaphor for their loss of a place in society.
A couple of things were quite jarring – especially the final statement by Spencer that he had killed Lily not because he feared she was a dog or a monster, but because she was a woman. This came out of nowhere and felt like a gratuitous nod to Nightwood as a feminist theatre. Not a good nod either! Taylor Trowbridge and Tamara Podemski gave particularly strong performances.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Wild Dogs

  1. Keith says:

    Borringg!A play that has the characters declaiming alternately all the way through has to build either an argument or a rhythm; this did neither.It was a waste of a good cast.

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