Animal Control (review)

Animal Control (review)
Animal Control (review)
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THE PLAY: An unfortunate incident at a dog park results in a confrontation at the animal shelter.

 

THE PRODUCTION: In this world premiere, the dialogue is often compelling, although sometimes the repartee is a bit forced. The script could be streamlined (especially in several two-person scenes) to strengthen the show’s already dramatic impact. In Act 2, the dialogue becomes a debate on good dog vs. bad dog, which dilutes the human interest.  Act 3 delays the conflict with too much extraneous chatter. Still, Hubbard is a promisingly mature writer who’s created the best original play of the last few seasons.

As for the production, the solid cast handles the conflicts well with Arik Cullen creating an imposing presence, both physically and emotionally. Director Joel Bassin has confidently managed a dynamic flow to the pace that keeps it involving. The set by Phil Hayes is a perfectly grungy break room. Running time: 2:00 with 2 intermissions.

 

THE POINT: The production is affecting and well-staged. The play (while in need of tightening) creates a compelling situation.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

At Firehouse Theatre thru 5/12

 

Donna Marie Miller, Lucretia Marie Anderson, Arik Cullen, Adam Turck (Photos by Tom Topinka)

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