Monday, December 19, 2016


If you’re a fifteen year old boy with autism, a form called Asperger’s Syndrome, one who can count prime numbers into the thousands, has a special relationship with the animal kingdom, looks at the world in a precise and literal manner, your name is Christopher John Francis Boone and you’re about to embark on an unusual journey.  Your favorite detective would be that British literary maven Sherlock Holmes, and when you discover Wellington, a neighbor’s dog, has been killed, you dedicate yourself to finding his murderer.

Welcome to “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a compelling book by Mark Haddon that has now been adapted to the stage and will trot into the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, December 27 to Sunday, January 1.  The play has been penned by Simon Stephens and is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards.  The production is being presented by the National Theatre as part of its first North American tour.

Christopher has an exceptional mind but has trouble dealing with humans and with everyday life.  When he finds himself accused of hurting Wellington, he sets out, against extraordinary odds, to find the real culprit.  To do this, he must venture far from the safety and comfort of his familiar world to what is the scary and dangerous unknown.  What he uncovers will change his life forever and alter his view of himself and of the universe.

Adam Langdon stars as the unusual teen who confronts personal demons and learns truths that are especially difficult to reconcile and accept.  Marianne Elliott directs this startling vision into Christopher’s head as a sensory explosion, one that expands and contracts as he faces the city of London in its scary entirety, all in an attempt to find reality.

Fly with Christopher as he explores the unknown, traveling on a confusing grid of noisy and light drenched pathways, that are sure to startle and amaze, frighten and disturb, on trains and subways to the unknown.

For tickets ($25.50-94.50), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at  Performances are Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

With mathematical insight, join Christopher’s search as he comes of age and learns how to navigate the previously foreign universe.

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