Shaggy dog story a com­edy treat

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

Some­times au­di­ences can be tough crit­ics but any­thing could hap­pen when the cast of DOG per­form to a room­ful of ca­nines.

The play opened last night at the Base­ment The­atre and to­mor­row there is a spe­cial sold-out show where the­atre­go­ers can take their dogs along. Pro­ceeds of that show go to the SPCA. Com­pan­ion­ship is a theme ad­dressed in the play pro­duced by Wolf­gang Cre­ative.

‘‘It’s about an old man who is keep­ing a dog around the house that has died but he can’t bear to part with it,’’ ac­tor Gareth Wil­liams says.

Wil­liams plays the neigh­bour who is in love with the old man’s boarder.

The play will be Shavaughn Ruakere’s the­atri­cal de­but. She will be joined on stage by vet­eran ac­tor Mick Innes.

‘‘It’s a bit of an off-beat com­edy with a lit­tle bit of heart,’’ Wil­liams says.

De­spite the sub­ject mat­ter there are no real dogs in the play.

Wil­liams ex­pects the SPCA fundraiser show will be an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I re­ally don’t know, it’s go­ing to be a bit of a funny show,’’ he says.

‘‘I think there will be a lot of bark­ing.’’

Dog lovers: Cast and crew of DOG with their ca­nine friends. Back row from left, Mick Innes with Snoopy and Kim­ber­ley Ho­gan with Romeo. Bot­tom row from left, Shavaughn Ruakere with Mur­phy, Kirby-Jane Hal­lum with Dozer and Ben Hutchi­son with Chip.

Dog­gie de­light: Ac­tor Gareth Wil­liams doesn’t know what to ex­pect when he per­forms to a room full of dogs.

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