"MEN ARE DOGS''
Brian gives each performer clever comic bits to perform and defines their characters so they are easily distinguished from each other. He is aided in his task by hard working stage manager, Greg Bliven while Brian also runs the lights and sound. The gorgeous living room set is by David Jepson. The author's script is cleverly written and mixes comic moments with some serious ones especially about not giving up on relationships. It has many twists and turns in it and I don't want to give away too much of the plot to spoil it for the audience. Amy Buckley does a wonderful job in a major role as the psychologist who not only helps her patients but learns a valuable lesson, too. Her therapy sessions with her patients are hilarious and well written and when she says she wants a man with a big penis over and over, it kept the audience in stitches. Her funniest scene is the drunken one with John Payne. He and John Pescatello are the hapless men who are shaghaied by the women. John Pescatello as Tony has an excellent Brooklyn accent, is tossed around the stage and beaten up by the women, gets a black eye while all the gals seem to adore John Payne's character of Bob Crowley. He seems to know how to say the right thing at the right time. Bob finally tells Cecilia about what men expect in a relationship. Christine Reynolds plays Rose, Cecilia's mother. She has many funny lines including about in her day you just took a valium and hoped for the best, her new love interest has a big spatula as well as eavesdropping on her daughter's sessions while washing the laundry.
Cecilia's patients are hoots in their roles. Susanne Colle plays Madeline, the literary agent who has a terrific crying scene in therapy, Ann Gestrich who makes her acting debut as Jane, plays a dim bulb who's last boyfriend was a bank robber, Judy George who also makes her acting debut as Loretta, plays the tough broad who loves cops and beats the crap out of Tony and Felicia Gonzalez Brown is terrific as Allison, the young hairdresser who falls in love with men whose names begin with the letter B and she plays a waitress in the role playing scene, thrusting her boobs in Tony's face. Brian gives them each their moment to shine in their roles. So for a funny contemporary comedy with some lessons to learn, be sure to catch "Men Are Dogs" at Granite Theatre.