In Bert V. Royal’s “Dog Sees God,” Homophobia Splits the Now-Teenaged “Peanuts” Gang

"Dog Sees God" runs through July 9th in REP's new downtown theater

Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized play “Dog Sees God,” which features angst-ridden teenage versions of good old Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” comic-strip gang, is definitely not for small fry, and not just because Snoopy dies of rabies (offstage) — and goes to Dog Heaven — just before the curtain rises.

Bert V. Royal’s “Dog Sees God” Parodies the “Peanuts” Comic-Strip Characters as Teenagers

"Dog Sees God" opens June 24th

“While inspired by the wholesome, all-American [“Peanuts”] gang generations have grown up with, this production is intended for mature audiences only,” cautions director Glen Matthews. “Dog Sees God is also presented in a unique environmental format that places the audience in the world of the play …”

Betsy Henderson Is Delightful in “Distracted”

Ryan Hinn and Betsy Henderson star in "Distracted"

Betsy Henderson stakes her claim to the title of the Triangle’s finest actress in Raleigh Ensemble Players’ splendidly staged and brilliantly acted production of “Distracted.” Her heartfelt portrayal of the increasingly frazzled mother of a nine-year-old boy with ADD is a nicely nuanced performance.

Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” Is an Offbeat Off-Broadway Comedy About Attention Deficit Disorder

Ryan Hinn and Betsy Thompson Henderson star in "Distracted"

“The subject matter — a family dealing with a child with ADD — piqued our interest,” recalls REP managing director Gary Williams, “as we are always looking for pieces that explore modern issues. With REP’s long-time interest in and commitment to the disability community, it seemed like a good fit.

Benji Jones and Eric Morales Are Terrific in “The Mercy Seat” by Neil LaBute

"The Mercy Seat" by Neil LaBute is set in the aftermath of 9/11

Even with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace as the unacknowledged elephant in the room, “The Mercy Seat” is a tasty dramatic onion that Benji Taylor Jones and Eric Morales peel brilliantly, layer by layer, under the sure-handed guidance of director Sean A. Brosnahan.