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Carole Bayer Sager
'Dog and Pony's' grating personalities spoil the musical fun
'Dog and Pony's' grating personalities spoil the musical fun

"Dog and Pony," the new musical by Rick Elice (book) and Michael Patrick Walker (music and lyrics) now receiving its world premiere here at the Old Globe, tells the story of a successful screenwriting duo whose relationship isn't quite romantic though could hardly be described as strictly professional. "Dysfunctional" would fairly well sum it up, but dysfunctional in a way that is creatively fruitful and suffused with tender feeling. It's this paradox that the authors of this unorthodox, small-scale and, sorry to say, often rather irritating show want to explore. The musical runs into trouble not for flouting the traditional expectations of romantic...

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