Picture a shell of a hurricane-battered house, where a pack of therapy dogs meander about while pondering man’s need for comfort.

This surreal scene is the setup for “Comfort Dogs, Live from the Pink House,” a theatrical production in which three of the performers are dogs and the five other actors on stage play dogs who gradually transform into more human-like creatures.

The play, which recently landed a review in the New York Times, is written and directed by William Burke, 36, who said he was inspired by the therapy dogs given to senior citizens displaced from their homes after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The canine thespians—a Chihuahua named Bluet, a Labrador mix named Gypsy and a mutt named Bronco—are free to roam and stage and into the audience during the performance.

Incidentally, the play is a musical.

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