REVIEW: It's a family reunion—but not a happy one—in Jennifer Hoppe-House's Bad Dog.
WASHINGTON CITY PAPER • October 9, 2015 • BY CHRIS KLIMEK
“I am rigorously inept,” protests Molly Drexler, the freshly relapsed alcoholic masterfully played by Holly Twyford in the acidic comedy Bad Dog. She’s being cute in response to her big sister Linda’s tough-love advice that she find a job, even if it isn’t screenwriting, her nominal profession. But Molly’s way with a quip has disguised the severity of her dysfunction for a long time. At 40, she’s been clean and sober for a decade, she protests—a decade that ended a day or two earlier, when she got blackout bombed and drove her Prius into the living room of the Sherman Oaks split-level she shares with her mental health-clinician girlfriend, Abby (Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan).
Alcoholism is no laughing matter — so you might be surprised at how much you’ll laugh during Jennifer Hoppe-House’s endearing and funny Bad Dog. A comedy about serious problems, Bad Dog is downright hilarious, especially in the hands of the exemplary cast director Jeremy B. Cohen has assembled for Olney’s world premiere production. Holly Twyford and Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan are perfectly cast as the troubled yet trenchant Molly and her wife, the sweet, sympathetic Abby, a therapist who has only ever known the alcoholic Molly as sober until now. Yet even greater laughs — not to mention dramatic fireworks — are to be found in interchanges between Molly and her uber-Jewish mother, Lois (a captivating Naomi Jacobson) and especially her competitive sister Linda (a feisty Emily Townley).
REVIEW: Unhappy in their own way 'Bad Dog' takes a bite out of the trials and traumas of a nominally Jewish family
WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK • October 7, 2015 • BY LISA TRAIGER
It’s hard to miss the giant hole in Molly Drexler’s living room. It’s the size of a Prius, which is what she drove into her own house while on a bender a couple of nights earlier. That ugly hole is the physical manifestation of the fissures that have wrecked Drexler’s life in the rolling world premiere of Jennifer Hoppe-House’s rapier sharp Bad Dog. The new work, at Olney Theatre Center through Oct. 25, is an installment in the area-wide Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
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Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.