Imagine the Peanuts characters all grown and turned into a gang of foul-mouthed, angst-ridden teenagers, and youll get the basic idea of Bert V. Royals Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenaged Blockhead, the latest offering from Unhinged Productions. CB, the central character of this spoof, is emotionally crushed when his dog dies of rabies. The play follows CBs search for identity in a world that would let his beloved friend die. The characters might have different names, but anyone familiar with the comic strip will recognize Lucy, whos mostly offstage, as shes been institutionalized for arson. Peppermint Patty and Marcie are now alcoholic cheerleaders. Pigpen is a homophobe. Theyre all as foul-mouthed as most teens are. Theyre funny, though, and this story about a boys search for himself has a sad twist. This is definitely not a family-friendly spoof, but grownups will enjoy learning what happened to the gang. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through March 22. Silver House Theatre, 1107 Chartres. For information, call 281-312-9379 or visit www.u-p.org. $10 to $20.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 29. Continues through March 22, 2008