Watermark on the Fringe: “Muttnick”

By : Jeremy Williams
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In 1957, as the United States and the Soviet Union battled it out for supremacy of the planet and beyond, a stray Russian dog named Laika was sent into space and became the first animal to orbit the Earth. These events are what inspired Bruce Ryan Costella’s show, “Muttnick.”

The show opens with Costella, dressed as man’s best friend, already aboard the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik. As he wakes he address the audience, to him just a bunch of stars in space, and tells his story from birth all the way to being launched into space.

This one-man… err, one-dog show — written by Costella and directed by Debra Christopher — will have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next as you listen to the tale of a dog set on an adventure he never chose.

There are many dogs in the Orlando Fringe game this year, but this good boy may just be best in show and is one you do not want to miss.

“Muttnick” plays in the Blue Venue through May 27. For more information visit OrlandoFringe.org.

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