Off-Broadway play Red Dog Howls is absorbing drama
NEW YORK (AP) - Some memories are difficult to recall, yet impossible to forget.
The primal howl that arises near the end of the disturbing drama, Red Dog Howls, caps a magnificent, wrenching performance by Katherine Chalfant as she concludes a horrific revelation from her character's mysterious past.
Playwright Alexander Dinelaris' searing drama ties Chalfant's character, Rose Afratian, to a devastating time in Turkish-Armenian history. The off-Broadway premiere from the author of Still Life opened on Monday night in a well-acted, absorbing production at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Ken Rus Schmoll smoothly directs the cast of three, and keeps the mood from becoming too melodramatic despite the haunting events that will be revealed. The narrator Michael (played by Alfredo Narciso) guides us through the enactment of his 1986 discovery, as a young, American-born father-to-be, that 91-year-old Rose is a relative he thought was dead.