|photo by Joseph Sebring|
The acting company went over-the-top for unnecessary laughs. You can’t fault them if they were asked to tap into an acting style that may not have best served them and the story best. As CB, Matthew Pohlman played into stereotypes of an adult trying to play a teen. Pohlman seemed to struggle finding truth in his performance. When CB was tender, Pohlman was natural. But when CB had sudden emotional outbursts, it sadly just came across as bad 90s acting. Falling into the same trap of over-emoting, Jonathan Emerson as Beethoven was gloomily emo. Between his body language to the delivery of his text, Emerson faltered as the emotionally vital character. Kate McMorran as CB’s Sister was the perfect annoying little sister, but part of the arc of the character is her ever-changing identity. Unfortunately, McMorran was stuck in the same rut. There were, however, some saving graces in the company. And they were Van and Tricia. Played by Colin Hinckley and Bryna Kearney. Hinckley and Kearney were able to create characters that still had the elements the directors were seeking yet manage to have truth within. Hinckley had the stoner aspect of Van to fall back when he was goofy, but his sobering moments were tender. Kearney’s Tricia was a grunge princess that you probably avoided in the halls, but you witnessed the pain inside.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a script that has been making its way through theaters so creating a production that sticks out above the rest can be hard. To Rivera, Rodriguez, and the company’s credit, they boldly went for a concept and, for the most part, stuck with it. But that doesn’t mean it was remotely successful.