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The Little Dog Laughed

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The Little Dog Laughed, Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, W1
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The story of a closeted film star who falls in love with a rent boy who has a girlfriend – we’re going to jump straight to the money shot. If you see one play this year, make it The Little Dog Laughed. And it’s not even February yet.

As observed by a pair of somewhat cynical reviewers, Douglas Carter Beane’s comedy is capable of invoking emotion in the sternest of people.

Mitchell (Rupert Friend) is an actor about to make it big, with the help of his agent and faux-partner of seven years, Diane (Tamsin Greig). That is until he drunkenly calls up gay-for-pay Alex (Harry Lloyd) and things get a little complicated. Throw Alex’s girlfriend Ellen (Gemma Arterton) into the mix and it’s a (fairly commonplace) Hollywood story that surely can’t be headed for a happy ending. And not in the rent boy sense.

Yes, there’s nudity – would it be too much to hope that Harry Lloyd just didn’t have it all – but this play goes far beyond cheap titillation and poor gay puns (we’re looking at you, Legally Blonde). It genuinely would be a heartless person that doesn’t feel at least something when Mitchell and Alex begin to fall in love yet cannot acknowledge it.

And while all the cast are tremendous it’s Tamsin Greig as a ballsy New York lesbian that completely steals the show.
Forget Lloyd and Friend in the buff, Greig is worth the ticket price alone. In fact, so much so that we’d go again and recommend that you do too.

And you can do just that with the pair of tickets we've got to give away to see the show. To be in with a chance of winning them, email your details to edit@gaytimes.co.uk with Little Dog in the subject line.

Prize is subject to availability, to be redeemed by 3rd April 2010.
No cash alternative will be offered. Prize is as stated and non-transferable.

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