Tickets to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time were provided to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is an adaptation of the 2003 novel of the same name, authored by Mark Haddon, and adapted by Simon Stephens. The book was adapted into its current form and opened in London’s West End in 2013, before coming to the states in 2014, going on to win the Tony Award for Best Play, Best Director, and Best Actor, among others.
The story follows a 15-year-old boy named Christopher, who upon discovering his neighbor’s deceased dog, becomes a suspect in the animal’s death. He embarks on a journey to discover the real killer.
It’s quickly made clear that Christopher’s mind doesn’t function exactly like most people, and he has trouble interpreting many aspects of the world around him. Christopher, however, does have an incredible mind, particularly for mathematics and logic, occasionally counting prime numbers up to huge sums, an activity that calms his mind. During Christopher’s endeavors to discover who killed his neighbor’s dog, he discovers a world-shattering secret regarding his own past, which sends him on a quest from his rural English town to the heart of London.
The actors all do a fine job, with none of them standing out as extraordinary, and some of the performance seemed to lack subtlety. I really enjoyed the set, which takes the form of a large cube with grid lines, as you would find on graph paper. It helps to demonstrate the mathematical way Christopher sees the world, and how it’s so different to how most of us perceive our surroundings.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a reasonable show to bring children to; however, there are a few incidents of profanity and some adult themes. I think it could be a great tool for helping teach people about those who may have different cognitive abilities, especially children, as it goes a long way to illustrate that we’re all just people trying to interpret the world and that we all do it a little differently.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is playing at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre July 25th to 30th, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start as low as $30 and are available at the theater box office, TicketMaster.com, STGPresents.org, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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