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Dead Dog Park

From 32 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging

About the show

Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. in association with BEDLAM presents a taut drama about a Caucasian police officer accused of pushing a 13-year-old African American boy out a four-story window during a police chase. More…

A white police officer is accused of pushing an African-American teenage boy out of a window during a police chase. The effects of a tragic incident can, in a moment, forever redefine the lives of all those intimately connected to it. This relevant tale explores the malleability of guilt and innocence when pitted against prejudice and presumption, truth and sensationalism. As the former officer stands at the precipice of fate, neither he nor the boy can distinguish fact from fiction, certainty from doubt, guilt from innocence.


Member Reviews (32)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging
90
Avg Score

95
Intense, Absorbing, Edgy, Great staging, Conversation starter

See it if you are interested in a taut drama, where everything is not tied up with a pretty bow. Great staging by Eric Tucker. The ensemble, sublime.

Don't see it if you do not like thought-provoking drama.

83
Uncomfortable, Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy stripped-down thought/emotion pieces with relevant subject matter

Don't see it if you like comfort. The subject matter, the conversations between characters, and the pauses for effect are all purposefully uncomfortable.

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if no comment

Don't see it if you only want to be entertained

61
Slow, Disappointing

See it if you are a die-hard Bedlamite. There are some strong performances and a few nice staging moments.

Don't see it if you haven't seen Bedlam's Sense and Sensibility yet. This play is an ernest and well-intentioned but obvious and ham-fisted.

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy profound dramas that engage with trending issues.

Don't see it if You don't feel like thinking and just want to veg out with humor.

95
Thought-provoking, Must see, Intense, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you're looking for great acting, writing, and staging and want to leave the theatre thinking about what you saw

Don't see it if you don't want to see another drama looking at our prejudices and where everyone's empathy stops, regardless of how compelling it may be

80
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if you want to understand two different views.

Don't see it if you can't understand two different views.

90
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if -you like theater to spark discussions on relevant social issues. -you like intense acting and beautiful picturesque direction

Don't see it if -your looking for a 'black' POV to police brutality issues. Script fell short of being fully realized in voice for 'black' teenager and mom.

76
Clever, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love poltical plays and want something to think about after the play.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable addressing racial issues

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Great acting and staging. An interesting look on a very real problem facing minorities, the police and our legal justice system.

Don't see it if If you prefer light musicals!

85
Edgy, Ambitious, Great staging, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like edgy contemporary plays

Don't see it if You like conventionally uplifting theatre

99
Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You care about this tough subject.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged

95
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if You enjoy well acted and thought provoking dramas that leave you thinking about the show, hours after you've left the theatre.

Don't see it if You're in denial about racism still existing in 2016.

During previews
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if your taste runs to intense drama with intelligent content

Don't see it if you want to be amused and not challenged.

During previews
74
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that ask open ended questions and don't tie things up with a neat bow.

Don't see it if you get confused by unconventional staging.

During previews
95
Must see, Intense, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you are a Bedlam fan (which if you are not you should be) and want a current topic (race relations) addressed well in the theatre.

Don't see it if race relations and thinking are not your thing

During previews
85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something very well done: arresting story, excellent acting, innovative staging, crisp dialogue. Constantly surprising.

Don't see it if you're looking for production value. It's quite stripped-down, but the simplicity serves the script & only makes the action more immediate.

During previews
95
Absorbing

See it if You like new dramas.

Don't see it if You're looking for razzle-dazzle or comedy.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you would like to be totally absorbed in what's going on in the play. This show is awesome!

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy --- but even if you generally prefer comedies, this show is so good that you should see it anyway!

During previews
100
Intense, compelling, thought provoking. masterful direction; brilliant ensemble work.

See it if You're looking to be moved by riveting theater that engages your imagination and stimulates conversation.

Don't see it if You're looking for a good comedy.

During previews
97
Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Edgy, Profound

See it if you want to think and reflect

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with talk of racism

During previews
92
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You want to believe every moment and want to be trusted to understand a profoundly relevant story being told in a minimalist style.

Don't see it if You care about all the trimmings of realistic sets and props and you don't want your biases challenged.

During previews
98
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in thought-provoking plays that explore difficult and timely material.

Don't see it if You only like big musicals

During previews
100
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You enjoy a thoughtful playwright's interpretation of a revealing, riveting story of social imbalance and its psychological impact.

Don't see it if The subject matter is reminiscent of something too close to home...

During previews
96
Absorbing, Must see, Edgy, Intense, Great acting

See it if If you enjoy challenging theater, well written and well acted.

Don't see it if If you want fluff.


March 1st, 2016
"Several interesting moments emerge here. To get to them, however, requires patience, even for a show that runs just over an hour…What begins with energy — the first scene is anxious and involving — loses steam once that trial starts. The script, by Barry Malawer, teases at complex moral question...
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March 1st, 2016
"An excellent piece of theater...This poignant drama explores the subjects of police brutality and racial tensions. With a superbly written script and extraordinary direction, the play's talented cast will keep you throughly captivated...'Dead Dog Park' presents multiple perspectives of a comple...
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March 1st, 2016
"A tough, taut drama, filled with some of the least sentimentalized characters in recent memory...In Eric Tucker's diamond-hard staging, five members of the company of six are omnipresent on stage...Malawer provides a complete and honest inventory of the collateral damage involved...This is a pla...
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February 28th, 2016
"Minimally staged but tautly performed by a polished cast, the play draws its impetus from the hyper-politicized climate in which clashes between white policemen and black civilians have come under intense public scrutiny...The play offers no easy answer to the question of culpability...The most ...
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