If there was ever a play to make you think about life and death, you wouldn’t think it would be about Charlie Brown. But Island ETC’s production of Dog Sees God, an unauthorized parody of the popular comic strip, challenges that notion and puts together a play that’ll have you reminiscing about your childhood and questioning what you think about the afterlife.
Dog Sees God catches up with CB and friends as teenagers in high school. After the death of his beloved dog, CB wonders about the meaning of life and whether the afterlife exists. CB reunites with a friend from the past and discovers that while social stigmas rule during high school, they don’t mean anything in real life. The production centers around drug use, questioning sexual identity and promiscuity, all topics that teenagers and adults alike can relate to, though not something you would think Peanuts characters would be into. Hey, we all have to grow up sometime.
The success of the play itself hinges on the actors, led by a phenomenal Kyle Crawford as CB. He transforms into his character and allows for the broader topics of the show to lead where he takes his character. The real star of the show, however, is Anastasia Schwenk, who played CB’s sister. Transitioning throughout the play from a goth queen to just a teenager—albeit a gangster-y one at that—Schwenk gave the performance a real depth, and she stole everyone’s attention each time she was on stage.
With top-quality acting and a fresh, compelling storyline, Dog Sees God is definitely worth a trip to the Island. And one thing is for sure: After seeing this play, you’ll never see Charlie Brown the same way again.
Through Oct. 1. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee Sept. 18 at 2:30 p.m. $25-30. Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston. 409-762-3556. islandetc.org