Trans Species Acceptance Championed in the Adorable “The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs” at Fringe

Photo by Jules Darg.

Photo by Jules Darg.

Face it. There are few things more heart-tugging than stray dogs incarcerated in a pound. Phil and Jules Darg have created an endearingly cute new musical that runs with that idea. A talented ensemble of actors performs a variety of canines with hand puppets that look like cuddly stuffed animals and each actor is dressed, made up, and gives voice to resemble those puppets. The effect is enormously entertaining.

Photo by Jules Darg.

Photo by Jules Darg.

One of the great moments in The Pound is when a dog finally speaks up because she feels that she is actually a cat mistakenly born into a dog’s body. The night I saw it, the audience broke into supportive applause. Kids and adults will definitely be charmed by this Imagined Theatre production.

The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs
Through Aug. 14
Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 S 4th St., Minneapolis

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