Aux Dog Theatre - reviews & press

Aux Dog Theatre

Albuquerque Journal
"The Aux Dog Theatre isn’t thinking St. Bernard size, but it is fast becoming a bigger dog on the block.... Aux Dog has expanded into an adjacent building on Monte Vista NE... adding one-third to the size of its total theater space.... The Aux Dog wants to make the space available as soon as possible for rehearsals, performances, classes, and meetings.... [Victoria] Liberatori said the new added-on black box will be called the Aux Bo and the entire area encompassing the present theater and the new space will eventually carry the name of the Aux Dog Performing Arts Space, she said."
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Little Shop of Horrors

Broadway World
"Now a cult classic in its own right, Little Shop of Horrors... is an experience not to be missed. The show is original, clever, well crafted, completely outrageous and very, very funny."
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Boeing, Boeing

Talkin' Broadway
"This play is a good lesson in the old rubric that theater is, above all, to be enjoyed.... It's that kind of show: good fun with nary a social conscience in sight."
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ArtinNM
"Gather round, children, while Alissa tells you a tale of what air travel used to be. There were no TSA agents and you kept your shoes on, because flying was a glamorous activity and the stewardesses whose job it was to keep you comfortable while in the air were the sex symbols of their time. Synonymous with feminine appeal, a single stewardess was considered a coup for a man, so imagine having three? Boeing Boeing, a comedy of errors currently playing at the Aux Dog Theatre, gives us a glimpse into one man's fantasy life, setting this precarious situation comedy up so we can watch things as they inevitably fall apart.... the giggles turn into guffaws as we witness Bernard struggle to manage the women in his life, but equally interesting are the individual personas of his fiancees."
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Albuquerque Journal
"Bernard, an American in Paris, is engaged to three flight attendants in 'Boeing-Boeing,' a sexy French comedy farce. Still, he isn’t a cad, says director V.J. Liberatori of the play, first staged in France in the 1960s. Bernard isn’t playing with these women’s affections, because 'I love them all,' he says in the play. From left, Merritt Glover, Sheridan Johnson and Jessica Osbourne play..."
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Hedda Gabler

Albuquerque Journal
"Aux Dog Theatre has opened another fine production. Sheridan Kay Johnson and Brennen Foster, who brought “Venus in Fur” to brilliant life, are part of a strong ensemble cast in Henrik Ibsen’s classic study of repression and manipulation, “Hedda Gabler".... Ron Weisberg simply IS Eilert Loevberg.... Weisberg’s performance is masterful.... Brennan Foster is wonderful as the upright, kind, caring, and clueless George.... Best of all is Sheridan Kay Johnson’s Hedda. Johnson delivers her lines with pauses and emphases that render them modern and accessible. Her Hedda is constantly adapting her delivery, gestures, and facial expressions to her situation, and she is fully involved when not speaking. I have seen this play many times, but this is the first Hedda Gabler who actually frightened me! Another 'rave' review."
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Albuquerque Journal Venues
"Long before the women’s movement, Henrik Ibsen wrote 'Hedda Gabler'.... Billed as the 'original desperate housewife with a fetish for guns,' actor Sheridan Johnson, who plays the title role, says the play is an 'exploration of how people express their need for freedom. Her obstacles seem out of place in our modern world.... [it's] one of the biggest challenges a female actor can tackle in world of theater.'"
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abqARTS
"'This particular version is so much funnier and points to emotions so much deeper,' said director Jessica Osbourne in a recent interview. The original version is heavy and dark, according to reviewers, but Friel introduced humor into the yarn. 'You’re laughing, everything is silly and all of a sudden, BAM! and you’re hit with a roller coaster of emotion.'"
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Love, Loss & What I Wore

Talkin Broadway
"In the end, I have in my notes that this is a "feel good" play; at times it's silly, but that balances out the emotional depth that's mixed in. The simplicity of the set and costumes lets us focus more on the characters before us, and in turn we are able to not only listen to their stories, but to also experience them."
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Broadway World
"Previous productions have mostly been staged with the women sitting on stools, narrating their stories from music stands... But the show now running at Aux Dog Theatre is completely different. Director, Joann Danella, has cleverly avoided this absence of physical movement, by coming up with more of a play format. The characters engage and interact with each other, enter and leave the stage and act out their stories, instead of reading the words. The result is much more dynamic and engaging....

The actresses involved in this production... are all excellent, telling stories that are funny, sardonic, poignant and sad, with equal conviction. Humor definitely prevails, but the audience response is effortlessly transformed from hearty laughter to pin-drop silence, a result that is not always easy to achieve.

The audience included women both young and old, all of whom could clearly relate to the subject matter on stage, which proves that LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE is truly inter-generational."
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Friday Night Live

The Daily Lobo
How one member of the comedy improv troupe, STUMP, got there! "My love for character, irreverence and comic timing is all I’ve really needed to take part in the art my comedy heroes wowed me with all those years ago. A passionate, years-long love affair with pen-and-paper role-playing probably hasn’t hurt either." —Graham Gentz
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Venus in Fur

Albuquerque Journal - Remembering past performances
"...'Venus in Fur' by David Ives – my choice as the best production of 2012. Director Kristine Holtvedt and her two-person cast captured the sexy excitement, the mysterious magic realism, and the intellectual challenge of this brilliantly funny and erotic play."
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Talkin' Broadway
"Venus in Fur is David Ives' amazingly inventive and complex take on the 1870 novella 'Venus in Furs' by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.... I'm not at all 'ambivalent' about this production: it's a very fine one all around.... it is a marvel of counterpoint."

"The long one-act requires tour-de-force acting from both parties, and they both absolutely deliver it. I'm not sure that there are any roles in contemporary theater that are more demanding and intense than these two.... Brennan... is a star-making performance. Sheridan...I love her voice.... I hope we see her on stage a lot more often in Albuquerque."

"...director, Kristine Holtvedt...There's not a single hiccup, not one stage movement without motivation, not one single what-was-she-thinking directorial choice. If you're wondering if 21st century American theater has produced anything worth seeing yet, you really ought to see Venus in Fur."
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Albuquerque Journal
"Unspoken desires and hidden ambitions bubble to the surface in 'Venus in Fur,' a steamy Tony-nominated comedy that’s making a regional debut at the Aux Dog Theatre.

Director Kristine Holtvedt says the two-person play, written by award-winning playwright David Ives, requires uncompromising honesty from the actors.

'It's a courageous performance. We're really fortunate to have Brennan Foster and Sheridan Johnson in these roles. The actors must show emotional, psychic and physical truth,' says Holtvedt, who heads the acting program at Purdue University and is visiting New Mexico on sabbatical. 'The characters are provocative, erotic and funny.'"
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tick, tick... BOOM!

Talkin' Broadway
"...it is a charming, even sort of loveable, 90 minutes....There are a few reasons for this. One is the really enjoyable staging and cast at the Aux Dog Theatre..."
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Albuquerque Journal
"Karin Pitman has cleverly transformed the Aux Dog stage, surrounding the set with her brooding cityscape.... Reinholz has a bright, resonant voice and is effective as Susan. Sanchez has the best voice of the trio and plays Michael with confidence."
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The Daily Lobo
"The small cast is a boon for the show; each actor has much to do and is able to stretch his or her performance muscles accordingly. There is something succinct and satisfying about a three-person cast."
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