'Little Dog Laughed' Review
Just caught The Little Dog Laughed on Broadway late last week. Check out the promo pics below; more after the jump! And here’s a mini-review:
Before the curtain rises, the atmosphere is set with series of sultry whispers, set to a modern lounge beat, that repeat (annoyingly) over and over and over.
Just four characters appear on stage in The Little Dog Laughed, a “good, naughty, laugh-out loud” funny comedy surrounding the serendipitously intermingled lives of Diane (Julie White), Mitchell (Tom Everett Scott of TNT’s Saved), Alex (Johnny Galecki—you know him as Darlene’s ex on Rosanne), and Ellen (Ari Gaynor).
Scenes between Ellen, Alex’s girlfriend, and Alex tended to be too over-the-top cool (though that might have been the intention), and dragged on a little until the story really picked up.
Scenes involving Mitchell, a schmoopy, dopey rising movie star and Alex, an impossibly hip and urbane callboy as the two go through the thrills and complexities of an hush-hush romance are played alternately humorously, with witty lines that usually get lots of laughs, but sometimes fall flat, and (sometimes too) seriously.
By far the best performer, because you did not feel that she was acting, was Julie White as Diane, Mitchell’s very modern, competent, thoroughly entertaining (and thoroughly Machiavellian) Hollywood agent. The character’s hilarious lines (on everything from Cobb salads to Hollywood contract negotiations to awards ceremonies) coupled with White‘s sparkling performance add a dose of wit that turns The Little Dog Laughed into a can’t-miss comedy of modern manners.
Sidenote: Tom Everett Scott plays drinking games with his children. Umm…