Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead | Gorilla Tango Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead 

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 18 2010
Price: $12
Odradek Theatre Company's darkly humorous spin on Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip opens with a shot across the bow of cutesy nostalgia: Snoopy, in a rabid fury, has killed Woodstock and been put down at the pound. Things only get weirder from there, as the surviving characters, now teenagers, wend their way through a world of drug use, violence, and ambiguous sexual identity. Rather than boorishly revisit iconic scenes from the strip, Dog Sees God draws inspiration from Schulz's minimalist, oddly dignified humor. The scenes have a three-panel feel, usually ending on an understated twist, and Ashley-Marie Quijano's solid cast evokes the Peanuts gang without devolving into parody. Despite occasional shades of self-importance, Bert Royal's story packs in both surprises and cringingly accurate depictions of adolescence. --Keith Griffith
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