"Utterly charming new musical...A pleaser from first bark to last. The show’s complement of four perfectly cast actors will not only convince you that the imaginary dog playing Cupid is worthy of your love, but will have you rolling over in laughter and delight...Weinberger’s book, even when it leans to triteness and cliché, overall makes for a good time...Somewhat obvious plotting does not matter one whit. 'A Dog Story' has a twist ending that rights any perceived flaws in the plot." Full Review
"Well acted and sung. This simplistic show about a man who needs a girl to get ahead, but can’t communicate enough to even get a date, takes what could have been cliche and rolls that over to charming…The score gives each character a moment to shine…Eric H. Weinberger’s book, is trite, cliché and predictable, but manages to salvage heart...This is a treat of a show for the whole family." Full Review
"'A Dog Story' is that rare musical comedy that manages to be sweet but not cloying, accessible but not banal, and light but not unsubstantial...None of the 'types' are what they seem....Within the formula, then, are some interesting deviations in character as well as plot...The acting and singing are strong throughout...'A Dog Story' is a clever, upbeat play beautifully executed in a chaotic and sad time for most New Yorkers." Full Review
"A charming love story with a very New York flavor...The four actors are all well cast...Justin Baldridge directs this piece as befits the writing, keeping it light and naturalistic...The book by Eric H. Weinberger and music by Gayla D. Morgan work very well together. The story is simple without being simplistic, and the music flows easily without the jarring transition from spoken word to singing that can afflict some musicals." Full Review
"A predictable yet charming new musical comedy…A diverting 95 minutes of simple melodies and mostly successful comic performances…Morgan's score can at times seem almost too mawkish and mundane to bear, but the show can hardly be faulted for being schmaltzy. After all, this is a musical about a cute puppy. Despite its dog-eared plot, 'A Dog Story's' surprise ending grinds the show's shortcomings into kibbles. Only a curmudgeon could leave the theater without smiling." Full Review
"An entertaining light romantic comedy. It is somewhat predictable, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The characters are interesting...The songs were okay and a few of them were quite enjoyable. The show is staged in a very interesting manner and makes great use of minimal sets and props. It is recommended for ages 16 and up due to the subject matter." Full Review
"It's a friendly, if innocuous, 90-minute, four-character tail-wagger offering a Purina blend of romance with canine schmaltz...The most original thing in 'A Dog Story' is the replacement of an actual animal by using pantomime to display its presence...Most of the rest, while clichéd, contrived, and stereotypical, is sufficiently good-natured and appealing to keep you from going off in search of the nearest fireplug." Full Review
"All bones and no meat. Even the 90-minute running time seems hyper-inflated given the paper-thin premise…There’s not a single surprise to be found here; this is, most charitably, an old-fashioned rom-com that even Hollywood might reject as too treacly and formulaic…Although Morgan's music is unmemorably catchy, her lyrics tend toward the banal…Brown is a delight as Blair…She lights up the stage every second she's on it. The others are rather dimmer, though they all work hard." Full Review
See it if You like dogs. You enjoy a well-done, small ensemble musical. You want a refreshing dose of entertainment in under two hours.
Don't see it if You are expected a lavish extravaganza. You are a cat person. You don't want to see a show in a more-intimate setting.
See it if You want to just feel good about love And you can't resist a happy ending! You'll just love this musical!
Don't see it if If you don't like a little off Broadway or You only like big theatres with big ticket prices
See it if You like cute shows staged well in a small space; good acting; good direction and innovative musical lyrics & score.
Don't see it if You don't like cute; romantic plots set to music. You are accustomed to spectacular Broadway shows.
See it if you love puppies and love musicals. Also, if you don't mind suspending your disbelief - the puppy is mimed almost the entire time.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals and/or dogs.
See it if If you like cute romantic and funny stories. Excellent acting and loved the concept and the funny bits. Real dog at the end made my evening.
Don't see it if You don't like small theaters and productions and are not into romantic, funny and obvious storyline. No real dog until the ending.
See it if like to see how a dog can be used to bring people together. cute love story. like musicals
Don't see it if you expect to see a dog throughout. only come out at the end. don't like small productions
See it if You enjoy good directing, creative production elements and a storyline that surprises. A simple twist becomes profound.
Don't see it if you don't wish to see inventive, creative talent buoy a simple, predictable book. You don't enjoy innovative use of a small stage space.
See it if you want a cute rom-com show that will have you humming the main song long after you leave.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy off-off-broadway shows with minimal staging and small casts.
See it if you are down to earth enough to enjoy a sweet musical with great voices on a simple set. you enjoy basic sweet entertainment.
Don't see it if you want a show that will solve the world's problems, or offer great insight on the boy meets girl relationship.
See it if You love dogs. You enjoy romantic comedy musicals. You don't mind a small cast in a simple yet entertaining musical.
Don't see it if You don't like dogs; prefer something more sophisticated (it's not exactly Cole Porter); you don't enjoy a small musical.
See it if You like a story where women are treated like sex objects by one man and a necessity for a job promotion by another...You love dogs.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, don't like dancing, and don't like a truly innovative set that many of us in NYC would like to take home with us.
See it if you love dogs. Nice guest appearance at the end. Although cliched, nice show in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals, small productions with a very simple plot line.
See it if you like short, cute shows without an original plot. It's a fun show with a typical love story (at first they hate each other...)
Don't see it if you don't like dogs, if you want something original and with a lot of character development.
See it if you like romantic comedies that are somewhat predictable but wear their heart on their sleeve and are ultimately charming
Don't see it if you are attracted to hip or edgy material. You can see the ins and outs of this plot coming a mile away. But it's also genuinely sweet.
See it if you enjoy a small-scale romantic comedy; delightful romp through a fun story; some unexpected laughs; an intimate musical - change of pace
Don't see it if you prefer large scale staging and productions or a large cast; you need surprises over a predictable story or a thought provoking/deep show
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