The Little Dog Laughed

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The Little Dog Laughed
A poster with the play's title in yellow featuring a picture of two men lounging beside and in a pool while a woman with sunglasses approaches the viewer
The show's poster
Written by Douglas Carter Beane
Characters
  • Mitchell
  • Diane
  • Alex
  • Ellen
Date premiered January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10)
Place premiered Second Stage Theatre
Original language English
Subject Homosexuality, public perception
Genre Comedy

The Little Dog Laughed is a 2006 comedy play by Douglas Carter Beane.

The four characters are an actor, Mitchell, his acerbic agent Diane, a hustler named Alex, and Alex's girlfriend Ellen. When Mitchell and Alex become involved in a physical relationship, Diane is concerned that what she describes as Mitchell's "slight recurring case of homosexuality" will derail his career before it gets started.

The play originally was produced off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre. It opened on 10 January 2006 and closed on February 26, 2006. Scott Ellis directed Neal Huff as Mitchell, Julie White as Diane, Johnny Galecki as Alex, and Zoe Lister-Jones as Ellen. Understudies were Dana Slamp and Brian Henderson. Lucille Lortel Award nominations went to Ellis and White, and the play was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theatre. Vijay Mathew assistant directed.

White and Galecki remained in the play when it transferred to Broadway. After 22 previews it opened on November 13, 2006 at the Cort Theatre and ran for 112 performances. Tom Everett Scott portrayed Mitchell and Ari Graynor played Ellen. Understudies Henderson and Slamp remained with the production. Lister-Jones replaced Graynor at the end of the run.

It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play and Julie White won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance. The 2007 Theatre World Award was presented to Johnny Galecki.

The title is a reference to the fictional short story written by Arturo Bandini in John Fante's Ask The Dust. The same title is also used for a fictional play that appears in Agatha Christie's Three Act Tragedy.

The play opened at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End on 20 January 2010. It ran for a limited season until 10 April 2010. The production starred Rupert Friend as Michael and Tamsin Greig as Diane. Also appearing were Gemma Arterton and Harry Lloyd. The production was directed by Jamie Lloyd. The play will see its Canadian debut on January 7 in Vancouver, Canada. The show was produced by Stage One Theatre.[1][2]

The show premiered in Brisbane in February 2010. Presented by The Queensland Theatre Company at The Cremorne Theatre of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Friend & Greig Laugh in Little Dog's UK Premiere". What's On Stage. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (4 September 2009). "Rupert's taste of secrets and lies". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Little Dog Laughed". Australian Stage. 3 March 2011. 

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