“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” on Broadway!

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime is a revolutionary show portraying an autistic boy, Christopher Boone, with unbelievable mathematic powers but difficulty interacting socially. It follows Christopher on his journey to find out who killed his next-door-neighbor’s dog, and throughout the play we see him make some discoveries about other things in his life, finding truths in the lies he is told. Christopher can’t stand letting people touch him, and doesn’t like interacting with most people, but he confides in his one true friend, his teacher, Siobhan, through a book that he is writing. She helps him understand life, and how to deal with issues, and gives him advice on the problems he goes through. Christopher’s father struggles to raise him, since his mother “died” a few years ago, leaving the two Boones on their own. The story develops through Christopher’s thoughts, seeing things the way he would see it. By the end he has not only found the murderer of Mrs. Shears’ dog, Wellington, but he learns about secrets his family has been hiding from him, including the truth about his mother’s “death”.

Christopher makes you feel for him and establishes a great empathetic connection with the audience through his emotions that he can barely comprehend himself. It’s amazing how you feel with him through every thing that happens, and you understand why he feels this way as the plot unfolds.

The show takes place in a blackbox, with white glowing lines makes cubes, and white dots at the corners of each of the cubes. Throughout the production, this is used along with other lighting techniques to portray what’s happening, even including walking on the walls and an escalator. There’s almost no sets, instead using the actors, lights, and select props to portray scenes. The costumes are hardly elaborate, but the entire result of the interesting artistic choices is enthralling.

The cast includes Alex Sharp and Taylor Trensch (Christopher), Francesca Faridany (Siobhan), Ian Barford (Christopher’s father), Enid Graham (Christopher’s mother) and many more talented actors. It was directed by Marianne Elliott who is most known for this play, a production of As You Like It and War Horse.

Overall the show was amazingly refreshing, and kept the audience with rapt attention at every moment. It was memorable and probably will be revered by the theatre community for many years to come.

A photo of Christopher being carried by his cast through what is, in his imagination, “space”