Space Dogs
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Space Dogs
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Space Dogs NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(65 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
20%
Negative
2%
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Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

A sweeping tale about the immortal friendship that exists between man and dog. 

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Member Reviews (65)

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877 Reviews | 906 Followers
55
Sophomoric storytelling, Good music/singing, Indulgent, Long, Boring

See it if you like stuffed animals and gimmicky kids shows. 90 min

Don't see it if with a needed 30 min cut and some needless cursing, this would have been better at New Victory. Storytelling is all over the place.Unfocused Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
50
Unfinished, Great singing, Overrated, Slow, Boring

See it if You are interested in the subject manner. Like non-traditional musicals. Both performers are giving their all and have great voices.

Don't see it if Felt more like a concert w/ a story or a workshop. Aside from decent production values, seems a better fit for Joe's Pub. Feels unfinished Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
71
Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you want a show with a lot of puns, silly dad jokes. A fun show.

Don't see it if If you want something more theatrical.

457 Reviews | 127 Followers
84
Great acting, singing, writing, staging, Lol funny, Two-handed, Quirky, Joyful

See it if If goofy joy, sassy antics, and gifted writing emanating from that thing we call the stage are aspects you expect from a two-hander musical

Don't see it if You cannot relax those parts of yourself that scream "musicals must be this" You'll spend entire show trying 2 figure out why U hate it.

426 Reviews | 62 Followers
71
Cute

See it if Boy-band style songs about the first dogs in space sprinkled with some history. Cute moments with stuffed dog animals.

Don't see it if Meh about dogs, want larger show/production, part kid show part boy band, light major plot, DIY aesthetic not your thing. Read more

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367 Reviews | 61 Followers
78
Two-hander musical, Cool projections, models, puppets, A kid's show for adults, Fun history of the cold war, Clever

See it if You like historyand clever musicals.

Don't see it if Don't like musicals or cute productions.

360 Reviews | 89 Followers
65
Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Great singing, Funny

See it if You enjoy quirky, silly, plays with music that aren't afraid to get a little meta.

Don't see it if You are looking for something that will stay with you. Read more

347 Reviews | 100 Followers
70
Quirky, Uneven, Indulgent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a fun and quirky show with mostly forgettable music and a book in desperate need of an overhaul

Don't see it if you aren't interested in history, dogs, or the space race; you aren't willing to put up with some mediocrity to find some lovely moments Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
February 14th, 2022

"It’s informative, in a slipshod way, but also hopelessly cheesy, packed with dad jokes, puns, silly accents and even a doggie beauty contest. 'Space Dogs' gives off the vibe of a B-grade educational children’s show — though one with the occasional vulgarity amid the bleak material...Most of the musical’s songs are pretty uniform stylistically and generically upbeat — bouncy yet forgettable numbers that contribute little to the story."
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Time Out New York
February 13th, 2022

"3/5 stars...Hughes and Blaemire's cheeky, high-energy approach never wavers. They sing 18 eclectic tunes and rocket through director Ellie Heyman's agitated stage business, never giving the characters or the audience a chance to breathe—or to feel the impact of the story's sweet-bitter journey...Hughes and Blaemire seem to genuinely adore that history was changed by dogs, but the show is all lark and no bite."
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Theatermania
February 13th, 2022

"I found it overbearing from the start, when the two creators/performers come onto the stage and immediately start tossing toy puppies at the audience...Some of Blaemire and Hughes's songs suggest the smarter musical 'Space Dogs' could have been...Even such moments that evince an actual political and moral perspective on history, however, are overwhelmed by Blaemire and Hughes's insistent desire to entertain at all costs."
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Lighting & Sound America
February 14th, 2022

Space Dogs illustrates the often-worrying gulf between technical skill and storytelling expertise so often seen these days… This shotgun wedding of brutal historical facts with cute puppets and musical numbers titled "Fuzziest Loneliest" and "Russian Canine Beauty Pageant" produces an entertainment of limited charm.
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Talkin' Broadway
February 13th, 2022

"Despite being given a lavish production totally unworthy of its source material, the kindest thing that can be said about this 90-minute, intermission-less show is that Hughes and Blaemire, best friends who wrote and star in 'Space Dogs,' appear to be having fun...Musically, the 'Space Dogs' score is rudimentary at best and uninspired at worst."
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New York Stage Review
February 13th, 2022

"3/5 stars...Presumably in the interest of providing a complete historical picture, the authors don’t spend all their time in the secret Soviet space lab in Kazakhstan; they also give us a glimpse into America’s early attempts to go into orbit...But a couple of acoustic guitar–playing, cowboy hat–wearing Americans simply aren’t as interesting as lovable Laika...Not surprisingly, the show’s best song is 'The Space Dogs of the Cosmodrome.'"
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TheaterScene.net
February 27th, 2022

Heyman and the rest of the production team quickly turn Space Dogs into an exercise of quantity over quality. More lights. More noise. More projections. More props. It's theater as sensory overload, with success measured by distraction. The major problem is that it also leads to a lot of other annoyances, with Nathan Leigh's sound design doing nothing for the intelligibility of Hughes and Blaemire's lyrics, Mary Ellen Stebbins' concert lighting occasionally blinding the audience in MCC's small off-Broadway space, and Stefania Bulbarella's numerous projections just stoking the meaningless hurly-burly.
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Front Row Center
February 24th, 2022

"4/5 stars...Blaemire and Hughes do emerge and come shooting out cannon-like with intense velocity, energy, and purpose to share their story, no question. Capable performers, they want to tell us everything they know...They even let us off the hook saying that we don’t have to care as much as they do. And unfortunately, they do, and we don’t...The highlight of the show is the tremendous design team including the director, set designer, lighting, props, and costumes."
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