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An adorable Williamsburg doggy
will star in a series of short plays this
weekend to raise money for the shelter
from which he was adopted. The “Boscoe
Barles Bestival,” at the Brick on Aug.
10, will feature five short tails written
to showcase their protagonist pup, who
is “the most special puppy in the whole
world,” according to his owner.
“He just lights up any room he’s in,”
said Charles Quittner. “I’m so surprised
I got this perfect shihtzu, who is so wonderful
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Quittner, a theater director and producer,
adopted Boscoe Barles last year,
and the (probably) two-year-old former
stray has since embarked on an acting
career, with roles in several Off-Off
Broadway shows, including playing a
Roman senator in “Their food tastes
better when they see us starve, or Coriolanus,”
at the Brick, and a dog named
Barker in “Interabang” at Dixon Place
Theater. The canine cutie was born for
the spotlight, said Quittner.
“Boscoe loves people — he actually
loves being out,” he said. “And he
The festival on Aug. 10 will feature
five fuzzy sketches, each six to 10 minutes
long, showing that Boscoe is up
“In one of the plays, Boscoe plays
a small-time mayor who has to whip
two Washington-wannabe interns into
shape,” said Quittner. “He really shows
his range — in one, he plays a chinchilla!”
Boscoe does not do tricks, said Quittner,
although he can stand on his hind
legs. His most valuable skill — in addition
to being adorable — is his ability to
remain calm during action scenes.
The human actors have a back-up
plan in case Boscoe gets distracted,
“Just in case, all the actors have treats,
so he’ll be extra responsive,” he said.
All proceeds from the show will go
to the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition,
the Williamsburg shelter where
Boscoe was adopted. The theater will
also feature pictures of currently adoptable
dogs, in hopes of inspiring the audience,
“I’m hoping that after seeing Boscoe
Barles do his thing, they will think ‘I want
my own superstar dog,’ ” he said.
A dog stars in
Center stage: Boscoe Barles has
starred in several productions,
including the Off-Off Broadway
play “Rule of 7x7.”
“Boscoe Barles Bestival” at the
Brick (575 Metropolitan Ave. between
Union and Lorimer streets in
Williamsburg, (718) 907–6189, www.
bricktheater.com). Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.
By Chandler Kidd
They have really elevated the concert
A new rooftop music series in Williamsburg
allows rising singer-songwriters
to perform in front of intimate crowds,
six floors above the streets. Sunset Songs,
happening on occasional Tuesdays this
summer at the Wythe Hotel’s swank rooftop
bar, presents new music with a stunning
visual backdrop — the sun setting
over the Manhattan skyline.
Each Sunset Songs concert begins
with a playlist made by that night’s artist,
which plays while the audience sips
cocktails on the rooftop deck. The artist
then plays a roughly 30-minute set
from the corner of the rooftop balcony,
followed by a dee-jay set.
You have three more chances this
summer to catch a set by a fresh artist.
Next up, playing on Aug. 13, will be former
Brooklyn artist Tomi, who recently
moved to Los Angeles. Tomi plans to
unveil some tunes from her upcoming
album at the concert, she said.
“I’m really excited for this show because
I am trying out new things. I am
having the performance be really raw
with just me, my drummer, and a guitar.
I have gone on a crazy journey of trying
different sounds and I am really excited
to share them with people,” Tomi said.
Sunset Songs at the Wythe Hotel 80
Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Street, sixth floor,
in Williamsburg, (718) 460–8000, www.
wythehotel.com. Aug 13, Aug. 27, and
Sept. 17; 6–9 p.m. Free.
Getting high: Queens musician
Duendita recently played the Sunset
Songs series, on the sixth floor
of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel.