Wednesday, December 31, 2014
CURIOUS PLAY INTRIGUES VIEWERS IN ITS APPROACH
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" may be the most wildly different, imaginative, remarkable and disturbingly emotional play you will ever experience. You don't just see the play, you feel it. You are a witness and a participant in the engaging action that swirls around a 15 year old teen with autism, Christopher Boone. The Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street, New York City has been transformed into a mathematical cube of lights and directions to accommodate Christopher's unusual world.
Alex Sharp's Christopher is capable of amazing mind shattering revelations. Sharp invites you, the audience, into his vastly different views of reality and lets you hang on to his coattails for a bumpy and unbelievable ride. Based on a book by Mark Haddon, it has crossed the pond from London in the form of a new play by Simon Stephens.
How disturbing is it to discover a neighbor's dog has died...not just died, but murdered? What if you are then suspected of committing that heinous act? Christopher Boone determines that he must clear his own name and learn who the real culprit is.
That decision takes him on a disturbing and frightening journey. In his autistic world, many things are too difficult for him to comprehend. Anything new is scary, being touched is an anathema, loud noises are disorienting. With a resilence that is almost beyond his ken, Christopher sets off on an odyssey worthy of Ulysses, a young detective determined to uncover the truth. With resources he didn't even realize he possessed, he leaves the safety and ordered life he has always known, to go on a grand and dangerous and mysterious adventure. Along the way, he encounters teachers, subway and train conductors, policemen and an assortment of strangers who aide or abort his mission. Marianne Elliot direct this theatrical revelation into the mind.
For tickets ($36.45-403.65), call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at Telecharge.com or CuriousOnBroadway.com. Performances are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Follow Christopher on his journey of discovery, one that is unexpectedly shocking and totally unanticipated.