Canine comedy opens at The Cell in Chelsea
By: Patrick Christiano
The World Premiere of Marianne Driscoll’s canine comedy THE BISCUIT CLUB Directed by Kira Simring took place on Thursday April 9 at The Cell in Chelsea, followed by intimate party at The Cell.
Driscoll’s charming tale about four vastly different dogs, Jiggs, a sassy Beagle, Champ, a entitled champion Airedale Terrier, Sparky, a wide-eyed innocent Labrador pup and Dolly, a fading glamorous Shih Tzu spending the evening together is based on the best seller "The Breakfast Club." In Driscoll’s take, four dogs away from their owners meet for the first time at Bradley’s Bed & Biscuit, a not exactly top notch boarding house for dogs, where the four dogs will spend the night under an aging Bulldog, Chester’s watchful eye. Chester’s master is away, and he actually sleeps for the first part of the story, while we get to meet the distinctive dogs played by gifted actors. The Actor Equity actors become the human embodiment of their respective dog each with their own defining characteristics.
When they decide to wake old Chester, they convince him to let them out of their crates for some free time. When Chester does, the dogs really let their hair down and the fur files until Whiskey, a mean spirited Pitt Bull makes his appearance.
The evening is all good natured fun with the actors playing the dogs giving fully committed performances that add sparkle to the turn of events. John Charles McLaughlin is very funny as Sparky , Stephane Duret makes a proud forceful Jiggs, while Paul Nugent is the entitled Champ Airedale and Judy Rosenblatt the faded Dolly. Jack O’Connell as Chester is an amusing presence at the old sleepy hound watching over them and recalling the good old days. Bob Jaffe makes a frightening appearance as Whiskey the Pitt Bull, who has a hard difficult life and is not nearly as tough as he seems.
If you want to discover what the dogs do while the owners are away check out "The Biscuit Club" now playing at The Cell, 338 West 23drd Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues. For tickets or more information call 800-838-3006 or www.thecelltheatre.org.