Arts & Entertainment

Four Dogs and a Bone

How far would you really go to get what you want? Four characters ponder this through the sharp, punchy and witty Four Dogs and a Bone. Premiering at Woolloomooloo’s Old Fitzroy Theatre, Four Dogs is the highly acclaimed comedy from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Patrick Shanley.

The play is a mockery of the movie-making business, following four people with very different agendas, who scheme and cohort to get their way in the shallow world of Tinsletown.

“The style is very direct, it’s larger than life in terms of its characters. There’s a lot of nuances, a lot of characterisation and it’s very fast hitting” says Paul Gerrard, who will make his Sydney debut after 25 years as an actor in London.

“It’s challenging making people laugh,” he says, “In comedic theatre you get immediate feedback about whether you’re hitting the right buttons, from an acting point of view it’s a really rewarding thing when you do.”

The play had an impressive run when it premiered in New York in 1993, by popular demand it ran for an extended season in Manhattan’s Theatre Club.

Gerrard says: “Everyone has dreams in their life, Four Dogs explores who’s willing to stand by their morality and how far will one go to fight for those dreams. I think that premise will resonate with audiences.” (GF)

Sep 16-27, Old Fitzroy Theatre, 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo, $21-39, sitco.net.au

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