DFW Theater Review: ‘Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’ Is A Very Clever Adaption

Review by Monique Thompson

Hailed as “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” by The New York Times, this dazzling adaptation is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel and directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Who knew looking for the killer of your neighbors dog would unearth such a life changing discovery! That’s exactly what happens to Christopher and the discovery is nothing short of astounding. In The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, the story of Christopher’s discovery is portrayed in a very interesting fashion.

The stage is set with a huge 3-dimensional looking backdrop fixed with loads of LED lights that illuminate the Winspear Opera House. No need for a load of fancy stage props when the interactive shapes and images takes care of that.

For those looking for a music free production, this is it! Feels more like watching a live movie (if that even makes sense) which keeps the suspense heightened surrounding Christopher’s main objective. In some productions the music can become a bit overpowering to the story-line so it actually wins here. The characters are fun and witty and keeps the energy pretty steady the whole way through. Very clever adaptation that’s worth the watch!

On Stage at Winspear Opera House now thru Jan 22nd 2017

Runtime: Approximately 150 minutes
Intermissions: One 15 Minute Intermission
Content Advisory: Contains some strong language
Age Restricted Performance: No children under age 4 permitted

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