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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone
Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone
Photo: Joan Marcus
Christopher Boone (Adam Langdon) is a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as "a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties" living in Swindon, Wiltshire. The title incident discovered by Christopher—finding a neighborhood dog, Wellington, who has been killed with a garden fork—sets him off on a wild adventure, complicated by his condition, which resembles different elements of Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, and savant syndrome: he is brilliant, but has a variety of peculiarities that prevent him from interacting appropriately in social situations.

(Left to Right) Gene Gillette as Ed and Adam Langdon as Christopher
(L to R) Gene Gillette as Ed
and Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone
Photo: Joan Marcus
Langdon's portrayal is remarkable for its authenticity and verisimilatude in conveying these issues. Christopher sets out to discover who killed Wellington, and in the process finds out a number of difficult things about his parents, Ed (Gene Gillette) and Judy (Felicity Jones Latta), while developing his coping skills in a complicated world. Gillette's demeanor and body language for Ed is that of a man who exudes physical strength and is holding his anger just below the surface. Latta's Judy is open, loving, and concerned for Christopher.

(Left to Right) Adam Langdon as Christopher, Felicity Jones Latta as Judy, and Maria Elena Ramirez as Siobhan
(L to R) Adam Langdon as Christopher,
Felicity Jones Latta as Judy,
and Maria Elena Ramirez as Siobhan
Photo: Joan Marcus
The other key person in Christoper's life is his mentor, Siobhan (Maria Elena Ramirez), whose techniques are gradually creating small windows of normalcy in Christopher's behavior. If you've ever had a special teacher that made a difference in your life, Ramirez embodies those qualities.

The stage technology used to convey Christopher's perceptions and thought processes is absolutely breathtaking in its design and symbolism.

Simon Stephens' prize-winning play, based on Mark Haddon's award-winning book, comes at a time when an increasingly greater number of children and adults are having problems with attention spans, behavior, and mental health, and provides a remarkable message of tolerance and understanding.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts—Broadway presentation of the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, runs through June 18th. For tickets: denvercenter.org/shows.

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