Like dogs? ‘A Dog Story’ at the Bickford is fetching; through April 22

Daniel Robert Sullivan, Allie Ambriano, Clare Fitzgerald, and Shabazz Green appear in the New Jersey Premiere of “A Dog Story,” playing through April 21, 2018, at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. Photo by Jack Grassa.
Daniel Robert Sullivan, Allie Ambriano, Clare Fitzgerald, and Shabazz Green appear in the New Jersey Premiere of “A Dog Story,” playing through April 21, 2018, at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown. Photo by Jack Grassa.
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At some point, every Single Guy has gotten this advice from a well meaning pal:

Get a dog.

Preferably, a puppy. No woman can resist a man with a puppy. Sensitive men have puppies.

That’s the theory, anyway. And it’s the premise of A Dog Story, a fluffy confection at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township.

I finally saw this musical on Friday, and you have two more chances to catch it: Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 8 pm, and Sunday, April 22, at 2 pm.

You should see it if:

  • You ever have been single.
  • You know someone who ever has been single.
  • You like dogs.
  • You are house-broken.

Written by Eric H. Weinberger and Gayla D. Morgan, and directed by the Bickford’s Eric Hafen, A Dog Story stars Daniel Robert Sullivan, Allie Ambriano, Clare Fitzgerald and Shabazz Green.

This isn’t Shakespeare. There are no big words, historical contexts or high concepts to contend with. But it asks a couple of basic questions about true love and, while the plot may be a trifle predictable, A Dog Story manages to leave a little to the imagination–namely, the puppy at the heart of it all.

(No spoilers here… let’s just say the critter is adorable. And hypo-allergenic.)

By the end of the show, I just wanted to roll over and have someone scratch my belly. Who can ask for anything more on a weekend?

A Dog Story runs through April 22, 2018, at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. Tickets: $20-$45. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Call 973-971-3706.

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