There always was something undeniably evocative of Samuel Beckett in the Charles Schulz comic strip “Peanuts,” which featured the world-weary young Charlie Brown casting about for meaning in a circumscribed universe that usually offered only disappointment. So it’s not a big surprise that a playwright took Schulz’s work – which is only superficially kid-friendly but goes far deeper for adult readers – and twisted it into a dark riff on contemporary problems.
That person was Bert V. Royal, whose 2004 play “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” opens tonight in the ALT Theatre (255 Great Arrow Ave.) in a production by Theater Jugend. The show takes on teenage suicide, bullying, sexual identity and other pressing topics faced by the millennials about whom the piece was written. It stars Jacob Albarella as the play’s yellow-shirted hero and Kevin Craig as Beethoven, the piano-playing object of his confused affections. This is not your typical after-school special.
Tickets are $12 to $15, with more info at 445-9432 or on Theater Jugend’s Facebook page.
– Colin Dabkowski