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poor dog's 'group therapy' is compelling but confused

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poor dog's 'group therapy' is compelling but confused

a few years ago, poor dog group, founded in 2008 by a group of young theater artists who met while studying at the california institute of the arts, brought in a licensed therapist to hold group therapy sessions. they certainly had plenty to “work through,” to use the old freudian phraseology.being an artist in america is tough enough. being an experimental theater artist in los angeles has to be crazy-making. but there were also more personal reasons for turning to outside help, including problems concerning relationships, drinking and turning 30 while still living like you just graduated from college.poor dog decided to tape the sessions, and, creativity being its lifeblood, has now transformed the material into a show. it might, however, be more accurate to say that the company is still in the process of turning these psychological archives into a production.presented by the center for the art of performance at ucla, “group therapy,” which opened thursday for a brief run at the little theater at macgowan hall, has the distinctive air of a work in progress. this is partly intentional. the piece changes each time it’s performed, with different portions of the years-long group therapy reenacted and commented upon.thematically, this makes sense, as the therapeutic work is never over, as any veteran of the couch can attest. but the rhythm of the show, which was also inspired by the 1968 documentary film “journey into self,” in which carl rogers conducts a session ...