Theater Review: ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’ Excels On Its National Tour
The national tour of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time explores the journey of Christopher Boone (Benjamin Wheelwright), a high-functioning 15 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome. A mathematical genius, he sees everything through numbers. Baffled by a world of people he finds so confusing, he resorts to his mathematical prowess and realizes its power to find his way.
Set in a three-sided gridded black box, all the elements work tightly together – lighting, sound, choreography and actors are fused to engage the audience in the workings of Christopher’s mind. Whenever Christopher is disturbed by situations he cannot handle, the grid, reflecting his mind, explodes emitting a dissonant array of light, sound, letters and numbers.
The powerful national tour production of the play by Simon Stephens (based on the novel by Mark Haddon) is now running at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center with 30 additional dates across the country. Directed by Marianne Elliott, who exquisitely orchestrates a brilliantly creative design team and strong cast – Wheelright and Gene Gillette, as his father Ed, are compelling. Together they gave the audience a rare experience: through the frightening journey that starts with the killing of a dog and moves to an epic adventure we see Christopher’s world through his mind’s eye.
Curious Incident runs through Oct. 25 at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Check here to buy tickets for additional tour dates.
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