…’A Killing Game’ is in part a lab experiment: By what means and to what degree can theater make use of an audience as a creative force? Unlike some ‘interactive’ events, in which actors jump off the stage and sit in playgoers’ laps or dragoon a spectator or two onto the stage for an anxious cameo in a short skit, ‘A Killing Game’ tries, with more trust in its customers, to upend the us-and-them aspect of theatergoing. It’s as if the troupe were saying, ‘Hey: Uncross your arms! We’re all on the same side!
–The Washington Post, July 21 2013
You know a performance is good when all the crazy, seemingly out-of-control moving parts add up to an infectious entertainment experience.
–-City Beat, May 31 2013
Sometimes you walk into a theater and by the time you get to your seat, you just know you’re going to have a good time…A Killing Game is tight and sharp…zippy and chaotic and manages to be both cynical and optimistic.
–The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 3 2013
You won’t find Beertown on any map, but you’ll find the town’s essence in your heart as you struggle to figure out what items best tell your own story, and realize that memories change slightly each time you remember something, usually a result of twisting some of the details to create a supposedly better narrative. What starts out as a fun stay in a quirky little town ends up being surprisingly emotional.
–The News Record, March 9, 2016
Think you’re too sophisticated to play along with an interactive theater company? Well, think again. The clever folks at Dog & Pony DC have collectively devised a theater piece about a small, fictional Midwestern town, and it requires much audience interaction. The result is so gently satiric and utterly involving that you’ll find yourself voting for and against issues before you even realize you’ve raised your hand.
–The Washington Post, November 14, 2011
Beertown is another amazing addition to dog & pony dc’s roster of plays that put you into the action in a fun and unique way, only to send you off afterwards having learned more about yourself and your friends and fellow citizens, perhaps more than you might have cared to. I would love to see this again with a different audience to see how the outcome changes.
See something different, see something new! Watch an audience and a professional cast of actors collide in fierce discussion and before you know it, you’ve been sucked in.
You all have hit upon a mode of development and production that successfully fosters a wide range of community dialogues about the nature of arts, culture, and society in a way that is thought-provoking, emotionally moving, and incredibly immersive.
We are delighted dog & pony dc has committed itself to the advocacy and support of Deaf talent, artists, and audiences. They are beginning to make great strides to increase the accessibility of their work, from creation through performance, and they are on their way to becoming a model for other professional theatre companies to emulate.
We appreciate dog & pony dc’s high artistic standards and aspiration to change the audience’s perception of its role in a theatrical experience.