DC50’s Robin Hamilton checks out ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
A new Tony-award winning Broadway show comes to the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, and takes the audience on a trip that many of us have never experienced.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time pulls the curtain back on what a special needs 15-year-old lives through on a daily basis. It is an emotional and challenging journey for Christopher (played by Adam Langdon) who tries to maneuver through life with a brilliant mind but stunted emotional development. It is equally difficult to watch his parents (Gene Gillette as Ed and Felicity Jones Latta as Judy), when they try to protect their son from the world – and himself. At times, it seems like the only one who can really reach Christopher is his teacher Siobhan (played by Maria Elena Ramirez).
As someone who was not familiar with this experience, I didn’t know what to expect. Yet, the actors’ exceptional performances were able to convey the joys, frustrations and fears of living with these special circumstances. Furthermore, it was the the production and set design that provided an added dimension that enhanced the effect. The stage was constructed of grids that light up during dialogue. Frenetic music, creative choreography and unusual props made me feel as though I too could see life through Christopher’s eyes.
For parents with exceptional children, and even for those who don’t, the show tries to offer an honest, nuanced and thoughtful perspective about how we go through life – and what we are capable of doing.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time runs through October 23rd.