Animal Doctor USA

Critic’s Notebook

Excellent performances, including one by a well-behaved dog, warm up two experimental plays upstate.

Jim Fletcher and Delia, a ldquo;black Labbish sort of beast,rdquo; in ldquo;The Art of Theaterrdquo; at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y.
Jim Fletcher and Delia, a “black Labbish sort of beast,” in “The Art of Theater” at PS21 in Chatham, N.Y. Credit... Steven Taylor

Jesse Green

Jan. 17, 2022

CHATHAM, N.Y. — There is nothing less avant-garde than a dog. Put one onstage and the artiest notions immediately dissolve into Instagram moments.

Or at least that was my experience with a play called “The Art of Theater,” running through Sunday on a double bill with one called “With My Own Hands” at PS21 in this Hudson Valley town. “The Art of Theater” stars Jim Fletcher — a stalwart of the New York avant-garde scene — and Delia, a local newcomer best known (according to her owners) as “a smart if goofy black Labbish sort of beast.”