A.C.T. Studio Theatre is pleased to recognize Treasure Coast Pride Month by presenting the Tony Nominee for Best Play, “The Little Dog Laughed,” by Douglas Carter Beane. This Hollywood-style satire gets its title from the Mother Goose nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle,” and follows the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could hit it big if it weren’t for one teensy problem: his agent Diane can’t seem to keep him in the closet.
“The Little Dog Laughed” is a witty comedy of manners “that is very timely,” said director Stuart Mohr. “More and more gay actors are coming out and still finding successful careers . . . This play becomes about the choices we make, and we can all identify with that . . . The pain and struggle is universal. And so is the happiness . . . Audiences will enjoy this show because it’s really funny!”
Mr. Mohr added, “One of the big challenges is that the script originally called for full male nudity! We are risk-takers at A.C.T., but I don’t think we’re quite ready to take the leap off that cliff just yet. So our job was to find truth in which that moment of intimacy happens and find a way to be true to the spirit of the author and scene . . . We made a few adjustments and still kept it sexy.” The play is for mature audiences as there are some sexual situations.
“We’re hoping that people will take away a sense of ‘love is love.’ We are far too quick to ‘judge a book by its cover’ or slap a label on something,” when in actuality “love knows no bounds.”
Starring Tony Conte, Audrey Stabile, Tyler Sloan and Rachel Swanzy, “The Little Dog Laughed” will be on stage at A.C.T. Studio Theatre on April 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m.
A.C.T. Studio Theatre is located in the Cedar Pointe Plaza, 2399 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Reserved seating is $25. Groups of 10 or more receive a $5 discount per ticket. For tickets and information, please visit actstudiotheatre.com or call (772) 932-8880.
Sun., April 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Fri., April 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat., April 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Sun., April 15 at 3:00 p.m.
Fri., April 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Sat., April 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Sun., April 22 at 3:00 p.m.