The Dog Problem

by  David Rabe

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  6m, 1f

"A fractured folly of city life from an Italian American perspective, a black comedy about the underworld and a compelling portrait of six people on a giddy ride into the unknown. It's hysterical. It's crazy. It's great." - Republican American

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The Dog Problem

by  David Rabe

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Trouble starts when Teresa tells her brother that this guy did something to her with his dog in bed. Nobody seems to know exactly what, but they do know that somebody's got to pay. So what is 'The Dig Problem'? It's the wrong thing said to the wrong person. From then on it's a chain reaction of misplaced passions and galloping sentences leading to deadly conclusions in a darkly funny play about men, women, ghosts, sex, betrayal, psychic power and the realization that when you destroy the natural world in Act One, you better look out in Act Two.
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Reviews

REVEIWS

"A fractured folly of city life from an Italian American perspective, a black comedy about the underworld and a compelling portrait of six people on a giddy ride into the unknown. It's hysterical. It's crazy. It's great." - Republican American

"Imagine Samuel Becket and the comedy team of Bob and Ray signing on to write The Sopranos." - The New York Times

"Darkly whimsical ... resonates with a kind of loopy truth." - Hartford Courant

"Vivid and exhilarating." - New Haven Advocate

"Hilarious, with laughter coming at every possible angle." - Fairfield Citizen News

Keywords

Betrayal, Death

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Animals Animals
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Animal spot

Casting

6m, 1f
RONNIE
RAY
JOEY
UNCLE MALVOLIO
TOMMY STONES
THERESA
PRIEST
DOG
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Casting Notes

Plus 1 dog

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Authors

David Rabe

David Rabe

The Dog Problem premiered at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT in February 2000 under the direction of Scott Ellis.

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