The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


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We saw the show last night on Broadway in the last week of previews. I had read the various VDP reviews of the London production (and its HD telecast). I had also read and loved the book a while back. I must say I thought this U.S. production was spectacular. Alex Sharp, who plays the boy, was completely convincing as the Asperger’s boy who strives to find out who killed the dog, and, in so doing, turns his life upside down. But the real star is one of the most imaginative sets I’ve seen — using Video, computer effects, and traditional Broadway magic to make for a compelling experience. I expect it will win many awards as it did in London (8 Oliviers).

As in the London production, there is a contest in NY for some audience members, as mentioned in an earlier VDP review (by Ben Rosen — see below). It turns out that the numerical equivalent of the letters in “Howard Morgan” is 137, which is a prime number . And since I was in seat 109, also a prime, I too got a pin. If you’re in a prime number seat, make sure you try the combinations with and without middle initials or names — you can almost always get one to work.

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Posted: 07/23/14 by Ken Roman

This is a two-part rave review –- of the play, and the HD telecast from London’s National Theatre. We saw it on Nantucket in the newly rebuilt Dreamland Theater. It was brilliant on all counts –- the acting (especially Luke Treadaway in the lead role), staging (in the round, around an illuminated stage floor), and direction (Marianne Elliott). In the movie theater, it came off perfectly. The camera moved all over, including overhead. The show is coming to Broadway (without Treadaway) Sept. 10. Don’t miss it.

Posted: 12/05/13 by Martin McKerrow

It is worth going through the agony of finding tickets to this wonderful play now at the London’s Apollo Theater in the West End, having transferred from the National Theater. Simply put, it is a play about how a 15-year-old mathematically gifted but emotionally challenged youth — Christopher Boone — attempts to find out who killed a dog. Needless to say the play takes a series of twists and turns that lead far from the dog. The set is essentially a cube made of graph paper and is used to wonderful effect. The cast is magnificent, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat for the duration of the play. We loved it, I so much that I bought the book on which it is based.

We ate dinner afterwards at “Wild Honey” on St. George St. I’m not sure I’ve ever before had loin of hare, but it was wonderful, and as a beekeeper, I can attest that the wild honey ice cream is off the chart.

Posted: 04/19/13 by Ben Rosen

This is a National Theatre transfer to the West End, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens, and directed by Marianne Elliott. It’s not an easy evening of theatre – teen-ager with Asperger Syndrome, difficult parental relations, difficult school experience, and difficulty with society. Fortunately, it’s a first-class production in every respect, with a tour-de-force performance by Luke Treadaway as the youngster. You will feel his pain.

And yet… Many of the scenes are overlong, with the point being made repeatedly. And, as in Annie, there is a cute dog (also named Sandy), who is introduced to relieve the tension and draw the inevitable “Aw-w-w” from the audience. Plus, a lot of often gratuitous noisy effects. Curious will win the awards (it leads with eight Olivier nominations), continue to sell out, and probably move to Broadway. You’ll be glad you saw it. You’ll learn a lot about Asperger Syndrome. But will you have experienced a great night of theater? Perhaps.

BTW, when I arrived at my seat in the Apollo Theatre, it was one of a few dozen in the theatre covered in a white cloth with a paper form on it, indicating that I was eligible to enter a contest. Because the lead character in the play was a bit of a math savant, frequent among those with Asperger Syndrome, the puzzle involved prime numbers, which, also BTW, I love. Primes, as I’m sure you all know, are those numbers divisible only by themselves and unity. I was to assign points (1 for A, 2 for B, 3 for C, etc.) for each letter of my full name. If the points totaled a prime number, I’d get a prize. Happily enough, I discovered that “Benjamin Rosen” numerically totals 139 – a prime number! At the interval, I rushed to the lobby to claim my prize, which they readily gave me. That the prize turned out to be a tiny plastic lapel pin with a happy face on it was not at all disappointing. Well, sort of. But today, the day after, I still proudly wear it –- Benjamin Rosen, a prime winner.

Posted: 03/17/13 by Bess Enloe

We really liked it. Out there in concept, but the production values are superb and the lead actor, Luke Treadway, is really fabulous. The set is a giant geometric grid full of electronics, mathematics, and fascinating lighting. The family is fractured, dealing with the young son with Aspergers. Ending is very uplifting. Theatre for sophisticated goers. Wonderful. Same playwright wrote “Port,” at the National, which we left at the interval. Not a play yet. Go figure.

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 3:18 pm by Greg Reiner:

I was fortunate to see this at an NTLive screening- that great gift to those of us unable to see everything we’d like to see in London. They captured it beautifully, and I loved not only the play itself, but the storytelling in the way it was staged.

One Response to “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

  1. We saw this in London last year and LOVED IT. When asked by out out-of-town friends what to see on Broadway this is on the top of our list

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