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LA Theater Review

Fear Factor: Canine Edition

Performer John Grady, a slender, balding silver-haired New Yorker, take the Spalding Gray approach of autobiographical storytelling to conjure a love story between himself and his 13-year-old dog, whom he's finally compelled to euthanize. The stage is spartan: a wooden chair that will hold the jacket of his gray suit. There's little that's cutesy about the quality of the story. Rather it's a probing and poetical examination of human relations and canine relations and what it means to be tethered to another living being. Grady's performance is as impeccable as his story is affecting.

Theater of NOTE, 1517 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Fri., June 17, 10 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 12 p.m.; Mon., June 10, 10 p.m.; Thu., June 23, 8 p.m.

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