• Title: Dog Sees God
  • Author: Bert V. Royal
  • ISBN: 9780822221524
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dog Sees God When CB s dog dies from rabies CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation his sister has gone goth his ex girlfriend has
    When CB s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation his sister has gone goth his ex girlfriend has recently been institutionalized and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this grouWhen CB s dog dies from rabies, CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation his sister has gone goth his ex girlfriend has recently been institutionalized and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that s both haunting and hopeful.

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    1. Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas this holiday season reminded me of an off-Broadway play called Dog Sees God -- an unauthorized and very dark parody of what happened to the Peanuts characters when they became teenagers -- that I saw in the city years back that featured a cast including Eddie Kaye Thomas, America Ferrera and Eliza Dushku.I wanted to watch it again, but there didn't seem to be a recorded performance, so I did the next best thing and hunted down a copy of the script. Not only was [...]

    2. If this were written and performed by a bunch of 15-year olds I might give it 4*. Unfortunately, it's not. Maybe reading a play script doesn't do it justice, but the whole thing lacked depth and felt forced.

    3. There are things that I like about this play and it led to some interesting conversations among my students. That being said, I found it somewhat shallow and ultimately offensive in its simplistic portrayals of teenagers and their problems. But what bothered me most was the fact that it seems to make a statement about the danger of aggression and homophobia while ultimately promoting the status quo that only the "strong" survive, especially if he happens to be straight.

    4. My university did a one-night staged reading of this a few years ago and it absolutely blew my mind. Two of my best friends played CB and Van, and it was incredible to see the emotions they tugged out of each other and the audience simply by reading the scripts in their hands. The ending is especially powerful.

    5. At first, the concept comes across as crass: the characters from the Peanuts comic strip are in their teens and they are living dysfunctional lives of debauchery. Van (originally Linus) is a pot-head that used his blanket as a skeet rag, Beethoven (originally Schroeder) is a lonely homosexual that spends lunch time in the piano lab practicing his playing, Tricia (originally Peppermint Patty) is still obnoxious and has promiscuous sex and organizes ridiculous parties.My concern at the outset was [...]

    6. I read this thinking I would pair it with You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in a year of school productions.Having finished the play, I know that I could only do that if I wanted to be burned at the stake in front of my school and then have my ashes put in the grossest urinal in the building to be peed on for eternity*.Drug use, teen suicide, vulgarity, criminal activity. There's also a homosexual relationship that I didn't like, not because people were gay, but because I didn't actually believe [...]

    7. My. This was a stunning play in all aspects. I just completed reading it only seconds ago, and I find it even difficult to report the feelings I have right now. One thing which has not happened in a very long time in books with me was a cried while reading this. I was only reading the script and I was crying. The characters are so cruel, so harmful, so painfully realistic. There is so much blocking in the script (though most of it impossible) as an actor while reading it, I felt a need to put th [...]

    8. Wow, who knew Charlie Brown could get so dark. This is an exceptionally sad coming of age story that has its moments of hilarity, brilliance, insight, pontification, and it's chock-full of philosophical questioning. You know amongst all the poor life choices, terrible situations, bigotry, hypocrisy, and homophobia. Royal does a damn fine job of imagining a bleak future for the cast of Charlie Brown, and whose to say he's not right?

    9. Very cleverly written exploration of modern teen angst as seen by Peanuts characters. Probably only runs an hour or so. You'd never get this produced in a high school, but that's where it should be done. Maybe a fringe festival offering?

    10. Read this on the advice of my teenage daughter. Loved it! What a great, haunting, hopeful update to everyone's favorite Blockhead and his Peanuts Gang.

    11. I can't believe I just read an age-up, angst ridden Peanuts AU.But you know what? I totally dig it. The concept, not the actual play. The actual play was just a trauma conga line for our beloved characters. Maybe it was supposed to feel rushed and overdramatized. Maybe that's the point. Either way, the story fell short for me. The relationships didn't feel very real, I wasn't invested in anyone I said, a cool idea but a train wreck nonetheless.

    12. THIS IS A DAMN GOOD WORK OF LITERATURE! I played C.B. in my "master scene" as the final project I ever did for Senior Theatre. This is all kinds of fucked up and bittersweet. It's so real to what being a fucked up teenager feels like. I love it! Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

    13. I read this on whim because my friend thought it was really funny. I didn't find this that funnt though. But the hour it took me to read this was filled with emotions, teenage problems and questions about existance. And the ending blew me away.

    14. I was looking forward to reading this, and was thoroughly disappointed. There were a couple moments I liked, but mostly it was shallow. Shock value and gay pain.

    15. I wish there was a high school version of this. The themes are so important for them to explore but the language makes it impossible for the classroom.

    16. I read this in less than two hours last night, and it was a huge emotional roller coaster. I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it.Bonus: It has lots of great monologues for teens

    17. I make valiant efforts to rereads things that are my favorite works of literature at least once per year. As Dog Sees God lands in my rank for my favorite play, of course it is one of those things I endevour to reread. Let's get a little background history, I first read Dog Sees God my senior year of high school, nearly three years ago, after picking it up in the stores of random assorted plays on the shelves of the drama room. I instantly fell in love with it the moment I read it and pulled my [...]

    18. Troubled teenagers, suicide, sexual identity, the afterlife. Gee, I've got a thing for this themes! I must say this play got me from the description. I found it uplifting and hopeful at some points, but in the end I sympathize with CB, the main character. Hopeless, sad CB.Drama is meant to be seen, not read, and I found myself reading this in a really dark and full of hopelessness tone, as in the voice of a depressed main character who is little by little trying to overcome the loss of his belov [...]

    19. I'm a big fan of postmodern takes on already existing material (rewrites, sequels, loosely-based-on I'll take any of it), so this seemed like something that would be right up my alley. While Peanuts wasn't exactly my childhood, I was still familiar enough with it to be interested in how an author would imagine the characters in the future.As it turns out, I found Royal's take on the characters' teenagehood somewhat predictable. To decide on the bleakest, most angst-filled potential scenario of t [...]

    20. Overall, I really liked this play. It is really funny and there were moments I laughed so hard, but I was often disturbed that I laughed. Literature that does this to me always makes an impression and makes me question only the piece, but myself. However, I did have a few issues with it and questioned how quickly some of the issues played outr example it went from hilarious and mildly thought provoking to things just got real real in here real quick in an almost after school-ish sort of way. I h [...]

    21. I do a fair amount of reading, and have since I was a kid. While most of what I read puts me through a gamut of emotions, most frequently accompanied with laughter, nothing I have ever read has caused me to cry until tonight. I read the play "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead." By the end of the play I was pretty overcome with emotion. I have to say, it is horribly depressing, but quite simply amazing. This comes with my highest recommendations, especially to those who grew up wit [...]

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