February 2011, Volume 15, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

MDC’s Theaters Offer Bevy of Delights

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After the recent success of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, MDC’s Kendall Theater is moving full-steam ahead with Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. A parody based on the classic Peanuts comic strip, the cleverly irreverent Bert V. Royal takeoff opens Feb. 17, under the inspired direction of Matthew Glass.

Asking what would happen if Charlie Brown and his gang grew up, and then answering that question in hilarious and at times moving ways, this play reimagines the Peanut gang as angst-ridden teenagers grieving the loss of Snoopy, who had to be put to sleep after killing Woodstock. Fans of Charles M. Schulz’s characters and comic strips will love this work, which offers a healthy portion of laughter sprinkled with a dash of tears.

A few more highway exits north, there is No Exit at MDC North Campus’ Lehman Theatre. This potent one-act existentialist play, directed by Andy Quiroga, is a must-see classic that was written in 1944 by French author, playwright and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.

The drama opens with a valet escorting a man to a room with no windows, no mirrors and a single door. Soon joined by two others, all three then wait in dread, expecting to be tormented by a torturer who never arrives, finding themselves trapped in a world from which there is no exit. This riveting play is sure to keep audiences ensnared in its brilliant discourse and Sartre’s piercing look at life’s existential challenges.

As those seeking respite from such angst will find, MDC’s theater season will be heavenly this spring.

— HP

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