The Found Dog Ribbon Dance

Critics

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Reviews: 16

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Professional cuddler Norma's quest to return a lost dog to its rightful owner leads her to encounter a slew of oddballs and maybe even discover a second chance at love. A humorous and bittersweet romantic comedy about loneliness, oxytocin, and the healing power of Whitney Houston. The Echo Theater Company, Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039;  www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.

Reviews

Overall, I like the variety of different characters — mainly Norma's clients — with their differing motivations for the cuddle therapy. The humor works as a buoy to keep the tone from sinking into a pit of despair. My vote for best character? DOG.

sweet-sour - David Maurer - ...read full review


Despite many genuinely comical moments, this “Dance” remains an awkward exercise that stumbles more often than it soars.

sour - F. Kathleen Foley - ...read full review


The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


"The Found Dog Ribbon Dance is nearly bursting with whimsy, but beneath the silliness of Norma's profession and Norm's ribbon dances and the surrealism of having a human play a dog, Finocchiaro's script has a strong emotional undercurrent."

sweet - Erin Conley - ...read full review


A world premier and a true original, under the sharp direction of Alana Dietze.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - ...read full review


The Found Dog Ribbon Dance is a fast-paced crowd pleaser. It boasts a lean, tightly-written, serio-comic script enhanced by the savvy direction of Alana Dietze.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, now receiving its world-premiere at Echo, proves at least three things: Finocchiario is a fine comic talent. Echo Theater continues to make great strides in production of new work. And Alana Dietz is a very good director.

sweet - Gray Palmer - ...read full review


The Echo Theater Company is known for its excellent work with new plays, and this world premiere is no exception. But their usual fare, even when comedic, tends to be darker than The Found Dog Ribbon Dance. No doubt they understand that the play's message of hope and the healing power of companionship is a tonic for our troubled times.

sweet - Michael Van Duzer - ...read full review


This production of Dominic Finocchiaro's The Found Dog Ribbon Dance wants to be wry and whimsical and deeply revelatory but succeeds only fractionally, especially with the revelatory part.

sour - Deborah Klugman - LA Weekly - ...read full review


It is one of those all too rare theatrical presentations that reaches beyond the easy and superficial and probes both heart and mind. For this I also salute playwright Dominic Finocchiaro. Want to see something remarkably unique and richly entertaining? The Echo Theatre Company has just what you are looking for.

sweet - Ron Irwin - ...read full review


I believe the success in this work lies in the lack of pretension. Playwright Dominic Finocchiaro doesn't aspire to any lofty heights here, he's simply telling a very human story.

sweet - Bekah Caden - ...read full review


Totally satisfying on every level, and I felt my oxytocin surging as I left the theater with a smile on my face (as did my several companions). Scenic designer Kirk Wilson did a fantastic job of with the multi-scene set – the cafe, the park, and Norm's apartment/”dance studio” were staged around Norma's over-candled platform cuddle bed. An absorbing escape – see it!

sweet - Carol Edger Germain - ...read full review


Finocchiaro populates his play with unique people brought to life by a uniformly excellent cast under the able direction of Alana Dietze.

sweet - Dink O'Neal - ...read full review


The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


This production of Dominic Finocchiaro's The Found Dog Ribbon Dance wants to be wry and whimsical and deeply revelatory but succeeds only fractionally, especially with the revelatory part.

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


You don't have to be a romantic or a cockeyed optimist to fall in love with The Found Dog Ribbon Dance. Truth be told, Finocchiaro's 90-minute gem proves so winning, it just might make you one.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Overall, I like the variety of different characters — mainly Norma's clients — with their differing motivations for the cuddle therapy. The humor works as a buoy to keep the tone from sinking into a pit of despair. My vote for best character? DOG.

sweet-sour - David Maurer - ...read full review


Despite many genuinely comical moments, this “Dance” remains an awkward exercise that stumbles more often than it soars.

sour - F. Kathleen Foley - ...read full review


The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


"The Found Dog Ribbon Dance is nearly bursting with whimsy, but beneath the silliness of Norma's profession and Norm's ribbon dances and the surrealism of having a human play a dog, Finocchiaro's script has a strong emotional undercurrent."

sweet - Erin Conley - ...read full review


A world premier and a true original, under the sharp direction of Alana Dietze.

sweet - Ingrid Wilmot - ...read full review


The Found Dog Ribbon Dance is a fast-paced crowd pleaser. It boasts a lean, tightly-written, serio-comic script enhanced by the savvy direction of Alana Dietze.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - ...read full review


The Found Dog Ribbon Dance, now receiving its world-premiere at Echo, proves at least three things: Finocchiario is a fine comic talent. Echo Theater continues to make great strides in production of new work. And Alana Dietz is a very good director.

sweet - Gray Palmer - ...read full review


The Echo Theater Company is known for its excellent work with new plays, and this world premiere is no exception. But their usual fare, even when comedic, tends to be darker than The Found Dog Ribbon Dance. No doubt they understand that the play's message of hope and the healing power of companionship is a tonic for our troubled times.

sweet - Michael Van Duzer - ...read full review


This production of Dominic Finocchiaro's The Found Dog Ribbon Dance wants to be wry and whimsical and deeply revelatory but succeeds only fractionally, especially with the revelatory part.

sour - Deborah Klugman - LA Weekly - ...read full review


It is one of those all too rare theatrical presentations that reaches beyond the easy and superficial and probes both heart and mind. For this I also salute playwright Dominic Finocchiaro. Want to see something remarkably unique and richly entertaining? The Echo Theatre Company has just what you are looking for.

sweet - Ron Irwin - ...read full review


I believe the success in this work lies in the lack of pretension. Playwright Dominic Finocchiaro doesn't aspire to any lofty heights here, he's simply telling a very human story.

sweet - Bekah Caden - ...read full review


Totally satisfying on every level, and I felt my oxytocin surging as I left the theater with a smile on my face (as did my several companions). Scenic designer Kirk Wilson did a fantastic job of with the multi-scene set – the cafe, the park, and Norm's apartment/”dance studio” were staged around Norma's over-candled platform cuddle bed. An absorbing escape – see it!

sweet - Carol Edger Germain - ...read full review


Finocchiaro populates his play with unique people brought to life by a uniformly excellent cast under the able direction of Alana Dietze.

sweet - Dink O'Neal - ...read full review


The Echo Theatre Company's world premiere of playwright Dominic Finocchiaro's THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE succeeds in all its combined creative elements - clever, thought-provoking dialogue from Finocchiaro, emoted via a uniformly talented cast, and directed in a quick and smooth pace by Alana Dietze.

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


This production of Dominic Finocchiaro's The Found Dog Ribbon Dance wants to be wry and whimsical and deeply revelatory but succeeds only fractionally, especially with the revelatory part.

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


You don't have to be a romantic or a cockeyed optimist to fall in love with The Found Dog Ribbon Dance. Truth be told, Finocchiaro's 90-minute gem proves so winning, it just might make you one.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review