I recently had the opportunity to make a trip to New York City to go see the broadway production of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time. I read the book in ninth grade for English class and I was excited to see how the play would compare. The set, acting and choreography created a spectacular experience.
The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, a mathematical genius with Asperger’s syndrome, who lives with his divorced dad, played by Andrew Long, in a town west of London. After being falsely accused of killing a neighbor’s dog, Christopher,who has difficulty dealing with the stresses of everyday life, decides to investigate the crime. Through his investigations, he discovers secrets that prompt him to leave his trusted teacher Siobhan, played by Rosie Benton, and the familiar streets of his hometown. He embarks on a life-changing train trip to London in search of his mother, played by Enid Graham, that takes the audience into Christopher's world. This play is based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a thrilling and heartwarming adventure story directed by Marianne Elliott.
The set of the play was truly unique in that it was a mathematical grid. This demonstrated Christopher's obsession with math. Whenever the outside world intruded, such as an unkind neighbor or his frustrated father, the grid split into flying fragments of letters and numbers. This prompted a chaos of light, sound, and projected pictures.
I was very impressed by Benjamin Wheelwright, who played Christopher at the Sunday matinee. He was equally terrific and inspiring. He ran across the stage, projecting his voice with complete clarity. He definitely showcased Christopher's unique perspective of the world.
In addition, the choreography was spectacular. Characters would jump up to take part in the dance numbers. Scott Graham and Steven Hoggets took a unique spin on the traditional broadway show choreography.
The staging, choreography and acting made this a show not to be missed! Tickets can be purchased online and at the door of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. I would absolutely recommend seeing this Broadway production!