Love and Other Mysteries: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Now Playing at the Straz

Ever become so obsessed with something that you shut out others and become trapped in your own mind?

Ever feel so isolated and misunderstood?

Ever misread the simplest cues of your loved ones?

New York Times Best Seller novel,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, comes to life on stage with an elaborate set design and incredible choreography which beautifully portrays the complex Autistic mind of fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, which earned the production FIVE 2015 Tony Awards® including “best play”.

(Foreground) Adam Langdon, (Background) Maria Elena Ramirez and Gene Gillette of The Curious Incident North American Tour 2016 Cast Photo Credit Joan Marcus

(Foreground) Adam Langdon, (Background) Maria Elena Ramirez and Gene Gillette of The Curious Incident North American Tour 2016 Cast – Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The story takes place between cities and inside Christopher’s extraordinary Autistic brain. He misreads the world around him while trying to solve life like a math puzzle including the mysterious murder of his neighbor’s dog. Christopher’s disconnect to his father, loved ones and neighbors in the end leads him on a journey that reconnects a severed relationship as he tries to solve a bigger mystery: love and empathy.

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Adam Langdon and The Curious Incident North American Tour 2016 Cast – Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Adam Langdon outshines the monolithic LED set with his remarkable portrayal of Christopher by capturing the true essence and complexity of his character and mind. His father (played by) perfectly demonstrates amazing courage, strength, frustration and anger, but all else love and patience.

(Foreground) Adam Langdon, (Background) Felicity Jones Latta and Gene Gillette of The Curious Incident North American Tour 2016 Cast Photo Credit Joan Marcus

Adam Langdon and Gene Gillette of The Curious Incident North American Tour 2016 Cast – Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The play mirrors the complexity of Christopher’s mind with an obscure and minimalist production, other than the elaborate LED backdrop. Towards the end of the second half, the audience discovers that the story written by Christopher is actually a play performed by Christopher’s classmates which makes Christopher’s journey and self-discovery even more beautiful.

Besides often getting lost in my own head, I had another personal connection to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Like Christopher, I felt very lost and alone in London. From the Underground maps and the bus schedules to the unfamiliar streets, everything overwhelmed me. Eventually, I found my way to Chepstow Road and once I allowed myself to live in the moment and not obsess, I felt home.

Christopher reminds us that even when life feels broken with complex situations, we can eventually find peace in an overwhelming world with the right support system.

The incredible production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night -Time is now playing at the Straz Center until Sunday, November 13.

 For show times and to purchase ticket, visit www.strazcenter.org

Disclosure: I received tickets to the The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as opportunity through the Tampa Bay Bloggers and the Straz Center for the purpose of this review. The opinions shared are my own.

Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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