Space Dogs
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Space Dogs

Space Dogs NYC Reviews and Tickets

(67 Ratings)
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Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Funny, Delightful

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

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129 Reviews | 41 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like space, you like dogs, you like going down Google wormholes, you like stories based on real events, you like musicals.

Don't see it if This show was created by two guys and it is completely awesome but not necessairly high-tech if you need something extremely polished.

90 Reviews | 16 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if History interests you, and small musicals too

Don't see it if You voted for trump

134 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy quirky performances, like satire and are interested in the history of space race between the USSR and the US.

Don't see it if you are more into classical plays or musicals. This performance is unusual, only has 2 actors and some of it is history narrated.

560 Reviews | 138 Followers
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.

54 Reviews | 12 Followers
Quirky, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Delightful

See it if You enjoy history, dogs and/or space. And rock musicals with small casts (2) and a creative original idea.

Don't see it if You are a fuddy duddy who doesn’t like cute animals going into space.

58 Reviews | 8 Followers
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like a creative take on an interesting historical event. Great talent, catchy songs, campy staging.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical with a big cast and score. Some strobe lights/fog may bother people. Read more

448 Reviews | 88 Followers
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.

185 Reviews | 71 Followers
Bittersweet, Earnest, Excellent projections, Energetic, Sweet

See it if you like fun overacting, pop-y rock music, dogs, great blend of high-and-low tech. You love dogs.

Don't see it if the idea of a mostly sweet musical about the cold war offends you, don't like "two people play multiple characters" storytelling shows.

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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New York Theatre Guide
February 14th, 2022

"2/5 stars...The show gets tugged into a black hole of 'Wayne’s World'-worthy one-note jokiness and Saturday morning cartoon-style songs. Although it’s hard to knock a show for ambition, this one tries to do too much and goes slack as it moves forward and periodically punctures the fourth wall...'Space Dogs' feels like an overextended idea in this full-length form. It might shine brighter as a show of a more compact breed."
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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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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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