A ‘doggone’ good NTL production

Carlena Bressanelli, Staff writer

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If you were in the Taylor Little Theatre on Sept. 9, then you saw the National Theatre Live event “The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time.”
Many have read the well-known book, written in 2003, and now it is a play.
It is about a 15-year-old boy named Christopher who is suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog, Wellington.
He tries to solve the mystery of the murdered dog and goes on a journey that is far different than his usual routine.
It is believed that he has autism in the play, but author Mark Haddon says, “If anything it’s a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way.
“The book is not specifically about any specific disorder,” he said.
Christopher has an amazing brain and the play shows how well he knows his math.
He just thinks a little differently.
The world as we know it is new to Christopher.
He has never been alone past the end of his road and people are not his strong suit.
As it turns out, the mystery of Wellington’s death isn’t the only mystery to be solved.
I really loved this performance.
There was good acting and the choreography was well directed.
Everything went together well.
They used Christopher’s knowledge of math and logic in the dance numbers, but they also showed how different every day interactions can be when you are on the autism spectrum.
The play also touched on how a parent can feel when they have a child on the autism spectrum and they don’t have a lot of answers about the behavior of their child.
It was definitely an eye-opening view on seeing the world differently.
I have never read the book, but after seeing this performance, I am going to find the time.

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