Vancouver’s indie theatre scene is about to get a whole lot funnier as Egg Theatre prepares to present John Patrick Shanley’s darkly funny comedy Four Dogs and a Bone, about a dysfunctional and manipulative quartet of show business professionals at odds over the fate of a film in production.
“This nasty little comedy allows us to not only laugh at four desperate people who take themselves very seriously, but it also exposes the elusive phantom of fame, and the insatiable need for power and approval that drives so many show biz types,” says director Shawn MacDonald. “This is the perfect play for Vancouver actors and Vancouver audiences who have welcomed American productions into our province and our individual careers. We get to laugh at the absurd behavior of people grabbing for power and also at ourselves.”
In Shanley’s trademark ruthlessly biting style, Four Dogs and a Bone tells the story of two rival actresses (played by Nadia Blanchfield and Michelle Martin) who relentlessly pursue their goal of starring in Victor’s (Andrew Coghlan) first feature film. An inexperienced writer from off-off Broadway Victor not only has to deal with these two “starlets” but also with Bradley (Robert Maloney), the film’s cutthroat producer. While Victor struggles with his mother’s sudden death, and his threatened artistic integrity, Bradley is desperate to bring the film in on time, and on budget, and somehow must placate these dogs in their fierce pursuits.
Culture Vulture David C Jones spoke with MacDonald about the upcoming production which runs at the Havana Theatre from March 7 – 16, 2013. Tickets are available online at http://eggtheatre.brownpapertickets.com.
David C Jones
He makes films, directs plays, teaches, is a professional emcee and writes for the OUTtv website and The Charlebois Post.