Off-Leash Area (meaning Jennifer Ilse and Paul Herwig, proud owners of various hounds) has also been entrepreneurial when it comes to theater. Having long produced profoundly humanist and/or hilarious work in their garage, Ilse and Herwig recently rehabbed a Nokomis-area building into Art Box. Their newest production, Paws ’n’ Effect, is the tale of a young girl and her stray dog. Love, understanding, and acceptance are the emotional underpinnings of the narrative, blending Ilse’s choreography and Herwig’s multimedia set design with a dog-friendly aesthetic. The celebration also includes a community talent show and a pop-up shop specializing in canine gifts.