The Little Dog Laughed
by Douglas Carter Beane
June 9 - July 3, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street (click for map)
Tickets $15 - $20. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25.
Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available.
“Hell hath no fury like an agent scorned” seems to be the enduring message of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed, a sharp comedy that fiercely satirizes Hollywood wheeling and dealing and probes issues of gay identity in the popular media. The Tony-nominated play makes its Austin premier at the City Theatre, starring power-house actors Michelle Cheney and Victor Trevino, directed by Andy Berkovsky and Bridget Farias and running June 9 – July 3.
Yes, we love the cinema for its great film makers, its beautiful faces and its daring images. But in this tabloid age where big stars go on Oprah and jump around like heartsick schoolboys, what we really love is all that dish! The players here include a hard-driving Hollywood agent, her budding screen idol client, a sexy young drifter, and the drifter's naive, needy girlfriend. The Little Dog Laughed follows the adventures of Mitchell Green (Victor Trevino), a movie star who could hit big if it weren't for one teensy-weensy problem. His agent, Diane (Michelle Cheney), can't seem to keep him in the closet. Trying to help him navigate Hollywood's choppy waters, the devilish Diane is doing all she can to keep Mitchell away from the cute rent boy (Micah Sudduth) who's caught his eye and the rent boy's girlfriend (Keylee Koop)… wait, the rent boy has a girlfriend? Will there be a happy ending as the final credits roll?
Douglas Carter Beane is considered one of the best new American playwrights writing for the stage today. His works include the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and several plays and musicals including As Bees in Honey Drown, Sister Act, the musical, Xanada and Little Dog which was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play. The City Theatre is very excited to have two phenomenal performers lead the cast of the show. Victor Trevino has been working professionally as an actor for over twenty years with performances in major theatres across the U.S. and with roles in films and television including American Me, Big City, The X-Files, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and General Hospital. And enough can’t be said about Michelle Cheney, a veteran of the CTC stage and countless Austin theatre companies. She has starred in Into the Woods, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Guys and Dolls, Noises Off and is a recent Austin B. Iden Payne theatre award winner. Rounding out the cast are two young and talented actors Keylee Koop (City Theatre’s Buried Child) and Micah Sudduth (Zach Scott’s Take Me Out). The production is directed by Bridget Farias, Artistic Director of the EmilyAnn Theatre and Andy Berkovsky, City Theatre Artistic Director and three-time B. Iden Payne theatre award nominee for outstanding director.
The City Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization and is sponsored in part by the Greater Austin Creative Alliance, the Austin Cultural Arts Division and the AMD Foundation. CTC is dedicated in providing quality theatre experience and entertainment for Austin artists and its community.