Xavier Players perform Spooky Dog play Thursday through Sunday at the Gallagher theater

The play is a take-off of the Saturday morning cartoon and is rated R for adults only | November 18, 2010

The Xavier Players theater group is presenting Spooky Dog & The Teenage Gang Mysteries today, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Gallagher Center Studio Theater.

The play by Eric Pliner and Amy Rhodes and directed by Tracy Macmorine is rated R for adults only. Spooky, the detective dog, and his friends set out to solve the mystery of a missing pop culture icon at a creepy country fair run by a sinister couple. They face unexpected side effects of food they consume and tackle their own budding sexual desires. Audience participation and improvisation add to this campy and hilarious production.

The show is participating in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. If selected, the Players will be invited to perform the show on a regional level in January.

In conjunction with the performance, the Players are participating in a service project volunteering hours for a no-kill animal refuge. Items donated by audience members will be delivered to the shelter by Thanksgiving. Requested items include cat food, dish detergent, cleaners, gallon containers and new sponge mops.

Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and also at 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 day of the show and can be purchased online or by phone at 513-745-3939.