Last week I saw “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” a drama at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on 47th Street in NYC. What an excellent production.
Based on a novel written in the first person by the protagonist, 15-year old Christopher Boone, it’s a story about a weird discovery he makes one evening, his efforts to investigate what happened and who did it, and the series of events that unfolds. Christopher has a very quick mathematical mind and special needs that appear to be on the autism spectrum, though the play never mentions any particular medical diagnosis or condition. He’s just …. Christopher. Everyone who interacts with him — teacher, parents, neighbors — enters his universe and as you experience this show, you feel you really are getting to know who Christopher is and what the world looks like from his unique perspective. The staging shifts from frenzied to quiet depending on just what Christopher is thinking about or is trying to do. If you are caring for someone with special needs of this kind, I think you’ll find the show to be a sensitive and dramatic story with a great measure of hope and optimism. http://curiousonbroadway.com/?gclid=CKa58f_qkMECFa1m7AoddGsArQ