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Ruth Kennedy is also very good as Alex's girlfriend Ellen, the woman who might someday be another Diane. Kennedy makes an impression with the important character's limited stage time.

No one knows or fears this more than his driven agent Diane. She will do anything to prevent Mitchell from ruining her successful life. She is the ideal agent as she lacks a heart, a conscience or any sense of loyalty.

Alex is as much in denial as is Mitchell. Prada Wallet Sling Bag

want the audience to be totally sympathetic to the central characters. The fact is no one in the play is a sympathetic person.

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Were Mitchell a little more self absorbed and Alex a little more edgy and street smart they might seem more real than idealistic. The work would benefit from the characters trying to overcome their flaws. It might make play's end little more affecting rather than just being cynical.

The first act shows the two men are attracted to each other on a personal level. To become a couple each must accept the fact they are gay.

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What she does have is acerbic view Prada Bags New Collection about everything and a clever mind that is firmly based in the reality of the world and of Hollywood. She is so direct her no nonsense attitude towards business is actually funny. It's a role that won a Tony Award for Julie White.

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But as it is "The Little Dog Laughed" is a rewarding night of theater. In its own way it is so truthful on the way home you'll probably be discussing movie stars who were the inspiration for the lead character.

The production at Theater Barn through Sept. 23 shows that the material is inoffensive and comic. There are a couple of scenes where men kiss but there is nothing overtly sexual or shocking about the scene. Indeed upon scrutiny you can find similarities between the premise in "The Little Dog Laughed" and the enormously popular film "Pretty Woman."

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for the money. He even has a girlfriend, the party girl Ellen.

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NEW LEBANON It shouldn't be, but the play "The Little Dog Laughed" is a risky show for a local theater companies to produce. It's a witty and clever play with the theme that asks how a closeted man handles a serious relationship with a young man he originally rented for an evening.

The first act has to do with the dilemma of a popular actor who has a problem which his agent describes as "a slight recurring case of homosexuality."

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At Theater Barn Melissa Macleod Herion portrays the whirlwind character with a lovable feistiness that is as attractive as the woman is repelling. Diane expresses herself mostly through exaggerated monologues and if on occasion Herion strains to be natural with this unnatural character she still offers an awesome performance that is memorable.

The usual fare at Theater Barn in New Lebanon ranges from an Agatha Christie mystery to "Trailer Park Musical." Even though "The Little Dog Laughed" is merely a cynical look at how complicated it is for a gay movie star with a virile image to be a closeted gay, it is still a risk. That's because it seems a gay play. It's not. It's an insightful play with gay characters.

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Mitchell is a man who denies his homosexuality and gives into his true nature when he is drunk. To save himself from hating himself in the morning his hires males prostitutes. One evening he rents Alex who explains men like Mitchell do not pay him for sex they pay him to leave.

Jimmy Johansmeyer as Mitchell and Justin Rigg as Alex are convincing about their reluctance to admit their sexual orientation and their unspoken desire to be lovers. This works in creating two nice men about whom we can care about.

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The second act is more about the problems of a famous man keeping his personal life secret. Mitchell is a romantic film actor. If it was revealed he was gay, his career would probably be over.

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