The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time | Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Maria Elena Ramirez, Gene Gillette, and Adam Langdon

Maria Elena Ramirez, Gene Gillette, and Adam Langdon

Joan Marcus

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 24 2016
Price: $25-$98
It's been so long since I've seen a Broadway touring show dare to be disagreeable (intentionally so, anyway) that I'd forgotten such a thing was possible. Sure, some, like Once or Fun Home, have their dark quirks and traumas. But Marianne Elliott's staging of this Simon Stephens play—adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon—goes farther, pushing unrelentingly at times to reproduce the disorientation suffered by an autistic teen, Christopher, as he attempts to cope with a series of shocks. We get loud, harsh noises; bright, harsh lights; unparseable messages shooting by us; and at one point a near-literal explosion of language. Yet we're also shown the mechanisms by means of which Christopher harnesses his disability for the work at hand. More, we're allowed to empathize as his nominally normal parents do some coping of their own. The Curious Incident is to some extent a detective story, but, like all the best whodunits, its real subject is the mind of the detective. —Tony Adler

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