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One Song Productions Will Present “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” March 6-8

Jones Bell (left) as Beethoven and Ben Goldstein as CB

Jones Bell (left) as Beethoven and Ben Goldstein as CB

One Song Productions, a Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham high school student-run production company worthy of support, will present Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal at 7:30 p.m. on March 6-8 at Common Ground Theatre in Durham. We end up writing about their past endeavors to promote their current ones, because they only perform one weekend five times a year.

One Song (also known as 1Song) caught our attention when they presented Denial by Peter Sagal in March of last year. Their officers change yearly, as each class of seniors graduates. Since that first time, in which we reported that they had “knocked our socks off,” this ever-changing group that leave large footprints behind them has impressed us several more times with their versions of Richard III, Language of Angels, and Leaves, all of which are very challenging endeavors.

Lucy Judd as Van's Sister

Lucy Judd as Van’s Sister

Now they are offering Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. This is a spoof on the “Peanuts” comic-strip characters. Their names have been changed to avoid lawsuits, and they have grown into their teens, with all the angst and bewilderment that raging new hormones, the daily injustices of life, and the collisions of personal relationships in adolescence bring.

Audience members not familiar with this show should be aware that this show is not for children, it deals with very adult themes — Charlie Brown and his friends have come a long way since kindergarten, in a world moving faster and faster all the time.

Based on our past experience with this company, and our conversation with these dedicated young people, we unabashedly urge seasoned theatergoers to give these kids a try. We will continue to follow the efforts of both the group and individual members as they pursue their careers.

Tommy Billman (left) as Van and Julia Perkins as CB's Sister

Tommy Billman (left) as Van and Julia Perkins as CB’s Sister

SECOND OPINION: Feb. 26th Durham, NC Indy Week mini-preview by Byron Woods: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/dog-sees-god-confessions-of-a-teenage-blockhead/Event?oid=3855800; and Feb. 24th Chapel Hill, NC East Chapel Hill Observer preview by Kayla Miron: http://eastchapelhillobserver.com/2014/02/24/dog-sees-god-student-theater-features-grown-up-peanuts-characters/.

One Song Productions presents DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 at Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705 TICKETS: $5-$10 suggested donation.

BOX OFFICE: onesongreservations@gmail.com.

SHOW: http://www.cgtheatre.com/events and https://www.facebook.com/events/1391265924475819/.

PRESENTER: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Song-Productions/136779861220, https://twitter.com/onesongtheatre, and http://www.1songproductions.weebly.com/.

VENUE: http://www.cgtheatre.com/events and https://www.facebook.com/cgtheatre.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.cgtheatre.com/directions.

NOTE: This show is rated PG-13 (due to drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, and language).

OTHER LINKS:

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (2004 “unauthorized parody” of the “Peanuts” comic strip): http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=3754 (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Sees_God:_Confessions_of_a_Teenage_Blockhead (Wikipedia).

Bert V. Royal (Aurora, CO playwright and screenwriter): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_V._Royal (Wikipedia).

Aaron Josephs (Chapel Hill, NC director): https://www.facebook.com/aaron.josephs1 (Facebook page).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Martha Keravuori is a life-long theater artist — an actress, director, and stage manager — in North Carolina, around the country, and overseas. She has a theater degree from UNC-Greensboro, and has been active in the arts in Raleigh for the past 40 years. Martha is the retired executive director of the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Chuck Galle returned to Raleigh last year after a 17-year absence. He was active in community theater for many years, and directed the troupe of maximum-security inmates at Raleigh’s Central Prison known as the Central Prison Players. In New England, he performed on stage, on TV, and in films. He is the author of Stories I Never Told My Daughter — An Odyssey, which can be ordered on his website: http://www.chuckgalle.com/. Chuck Galle and Martha Keravuori review theater for Boom! Magazine of Cary. Click here to read more of their reviews for Boom! Magazine and here to read more of their reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.

 

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