Theatre Review: The Little Dog Laughed – Garrick Theatre

thelittledoglaughedHunky Rupert Friend plays Hollywood actor Mitchell supported by agent Diane played by sassy Tamsin Creig who does a jaw dropping job of commanding the stage like a movie set.

Gemma Arterton known for her bond girl role, plays Ellen, the rentboy’s lover. Sounds a bit twisted? Gemma does an excellent job of playing on the vulnerability of her character and exposing this to the audience.

Young Harry Lloyd played sexy rentboy Alex and cleverly presented the change from service provider to lover. A promising graduate of the Webber Douglas Academy.

Jon Clark’s creative choice of lighting keeps the piece fresh and moving however a little dampened by the tacky funk music that accompanies the performance.

This avant-garde story presents stigma of the film industry towards homosexuality in the most comprehensible light.  I would advise any young actor to see this piece to be inspired by the work of these actors, for a good chuckle and an outstanding piece of writing… Beg, borrow or steal a ticket! You must go!

The Little Dog Laughed is booking until 10th April 2010 at the Garrick Theatre.

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