The Devil Stopped Me from Doing It

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The Little Dog Laughed
A play by Douglas Carter Beane
Cort Theatre, New York

 

EVER SINCE the early days of Hollywood, actors and writers who abandoned “the Theatre” for the movies were thought to have sold their artistic souls to the celluloid devil. Douglas Carter Beane’s The Little Dog Laughed is the latest iteration of this paradigm.

Tuned into the Zeitgeist, Beane cleverly builds the action around an up-and-coming Hollywood hunk named Mitch whose agent Diane, Little Doga tough, wisecracking, lipstick lesbian—wants to buy a hot, homo-themed play by an out New York playwright as a star vehicle for her closeted client, the very same Mitch. But things get messy when

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