REVIEW: Bad Dog Is Most Certainly Worth the Drive to Olney
WASHINGTONIAN • October 8, 2015 • BY MEAGHAN HANNAN DAVANT
From the moment the lights come up on Bad Dog at Olney Theatre Center, anti-heroine Molly Drexler’s (Holly Twyford) reputation precedes her. Smack in the middle of a modest house—ingeniously designed by Tony Cisek—the audience is confronted by a chasmal hole in the living room wall, covered with a duct-taped web of mismatched garbage bags.
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).
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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.