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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

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From London's National Theatre, a stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's best-selling novel about an extraordinary 15-year-old boy.

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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.

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The New York Times

"More than any mainstream theater production I know, it forces you to adopt, wholesale, the point of view of someone with whom you may initially feel you have little in common. That’s Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old mathematical genius for whom walking down the street or holding a conversation is a herculean challenge." Full Review

New York Post

"The most deliriously inventive new show on Broadway. One second, a clever bit of stage business leaves you exhilarated. The next, you’re tearing up. Indeed, what makes the production truly memorable is how well it balances formal brilliance and emotion. This is the whole package, a rare case of family entertainment that speaks to the heart and brain." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"If there’s any justice, the superb stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be as big a hit on Broadway this year as the original novel, by Mark Haddon, was when it was published in 2003." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Despite the Sherlock-derived title and gruesome crime scene it opens with, The Curious Incident solves the case relatively quickly. By the end of the first act we know whodunit and we’ve gotten another revelation, this one having to do with the hero’s mother. But there’s a broader mystery raised by this dazzling and pulse-pounding drama: “How on earth did they do that?” Full Review

The Huffington Post

"There are plays that entertain, plays that illuminate, and plays that bring us to an exalted new place. The Curious Incident does all three. This is exhilarating, dynamic theatre which triumphantly expands the boundaries of theatricality...Simply put, Curious Incident is one of the most memorable evenings you're likely to have on Broadway for quite some time." Full Review

New York Theater

"Like the unusual character at its center, 'The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time,' a stage adaptation of a beloved book, overcomes a couple of daunting challenges to become…extraordinary...Marianne Elliott, the British director who last brought to Broadway the spectacular National Theatre production of 'War Horse,' works her magic again. The stagecraft of 'Curious Incident' is breathtaking." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"Just the sheer busy-ness of the production at times crowds the drama's human dimension, and some of its humorous flourishes veer from cleverness into smarty-pants cuteness. But those are minor reservations about a singular theater piece that commands enormous admiration for the thought that has gone into its every word, gesture and technical effect." Full Review

New York Daily News

"To crack the case of a murdered mutt, a boy goes on a remarkable journey in the eloquently theatrical and deeply touching adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”...Despite minor dramatic fleas, “Dog in the Night-Time” glows." Full Review


"A rippingly human story performed with wit, elegance and faith in the audience’s intelligence...brilliant." Full Review

The Associated Press

"A swirling, beautifully kaleidoscopic series of scenes, contrast with the background of a giant, black-and-white grid representing the complete order that Christopher needs. When Elliott's kinetic vision and Bunny Christie's dazzling technological design combine, the grid explodes with fantastical projections including constellations, outer space, complicated city maps and terrifying escalators." Full Review


"Fans of Mark Haddon’s novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”will cherish the National Theatre production that has finally found its way to Broadway—but they may be in for a surprise, too. On stage,they’re getting a bolder, braver and happier Christopher Boone than the one evoked by the 2003 best-seller." Full Review

The Washington Post

"While the piece supplies its share of touching moments — and even some outrageously sentimental ones — the world it conjures is never overrun with kindly types, eager to come to the aid of a struggling young soul. That the production remains true to this rather unsparing vision is as much to its credit as is all that technical wizardry." Full Review

USA Today

"Under Marianne Elliott's beautifully sensitive direction, this is far more than a high-tech adventure story with a quirky hero. While Christopher fancies himself a detective, the real discoveries are made by those observing him, including the audience — we are all socially and emotionally challenged to some extent, and communication and love in such a world require courage and acceptance." Full Review

As Her World Turns

"This is a superb production of merely a good play — if you take away the staging elements, the play itself is very bare bones...This theater-going experience comes alive with Elliot’s visionary leadership, and it’s even more impressive when you consider that she first staged this show many years ago in the round, so this Broadway staging is entirely revised for a proscenium space...It’s nothing short of brilliant." Full Review


"This explosive story demonstrates that great original theater— the type that overwhelms the senses and restores one’s faith in quality, live entertainment that actually says something— is definitely possible…It is the ingenious depiction of these very human emotions that makes 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' so heartbreakingly real, touching and exhilarating, and unlike any drama Broadway has seen (or will likely see) in many years." Full Review

Stu on Broadway

"Director Marianne Elliott, who last time on Broadway won the Tony Award for 'War Horse,' demonstrates, once again, she is quite adept at taking difficult material, incorporating the strengths of the creative team, and turning out a narrative which is inventive, creative, and understandable by audiences everywhere." Full Review

Hot Pepper Theater

"The choreography is brilliant. The stage is basically empty except for props and actors and the story is conveyed brilliantly throughout. It's magical, the writing is magical and the implementation is magical." Full Review

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Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see a Tony Award nominated play, or if you have problematic teenage sons or daughters.

Don't see it if you want don't want to get depressed and are enjoying New York. Also, you can save 150 dollars per person.

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Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if great acting and staging, incredibly absorbing show

Don't see it if you want to see a musical, or you're not interested in a story focused on a 15yr old

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love theater. This play is one of the best. It is delightful from beginning to end.

Don't see it if No reason not to see it. It is a winner.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound

See it if Very smart. Great acting. Faithful to the book.

Don't see it if Don't want to think when being entertained.

Absorbing, Edgy, Exquisite, Intense, Masterful

See it if you like a deep plot, with gut retching drama. Show always keeps you on edge, waiting for what will happen next.

Don't see it if you do not want a deep play that deals with a touchy subject.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if There's no other show on/off Bway like it. A must see for everyone, like nothing you're ever seen. Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical or are closed minded. Probably the best play I've ever seen.

Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if well done play about autistic boy's adventure. Very inventive.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about people with social handicaps.

Enlightening, Spectacular

See it if SEE IT.

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Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy intelligent plays. Masterful drama, often funny, exquisite acting, magical staging. I attended reluctantly; was left mesmerized.

Don't see it if you can't handle the theme, relevant as it is today. Young neophyte Alex Sharp is brilliant. His uncanny performance is one for the ages.

Funny, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are or know someone who is on the autism spectrum, like mysteries, enjoy comedy that's broken up by moments of fear and/or intensity

Don't see it if You are alarmed by extreme emotions that fluctuate quickly, are bothered by occasional flashy-on-the-verge-of-strobe lighting

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want to be thrilled, moved, laugh, cry, and see one of the best productions ever mounted on the professional stage. A masterpiece!

Don't see it if you have sensory issues or issues with bright lights.

Original, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You'd like to see a somewhat confusing book brought to vivid life. Never thought the interior thoughts of an autistic youth could be staged.

Don't see it if If you dislike concentrating and think about what's going on or if you're offended by a show that portrays people who are not "normal."

Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a beautiful large-scale production of a wonderful story.

Don't see it if you like small plays or musicals -- for a play there's a lot of visual effects.

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you loved the book and are ready for an exquisite presentation by and absolutely fabulous young lead actor.

Don't see it if your theatre must generate from the US. This is another excellent London transplant.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you want to be blown away by inventive actualization of the selfsame titled best selling book.

Don't see it if you like very traditional theatre

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You love unique theater experiences about unique people.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with awkward situations.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if you are a human being.

Don't see it if you are not a human being.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you're curious how the book could be adapted to the stage, love a great, smart performance and fascinating design.

Don't see it if you don't like a mystery or prefer shows that don't rely on projections and minimalistic staging.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you're looking for an absorbing plot, amazing set, and a commanding lead acting role like you've never seen before

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with characters on the autism spectrum; you are prone to epileptic seizures

Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see something original, creative, and heartfelt at the same. A must see even for the people that are normally not into plays.

Don't see it if you only like shows that are classic. I can't find any other reason why you shouldn't see this show.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if you like AMAZING

Don't see it if You must see it

Exquisite, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you enjoy imaginative use of staging technology to convey protagonist's unique perspective; sensitively written plays about childhood

Don't see it if bright moving lights may be physically uncomfortable (migraine sufferers can probably relate)

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You have a relative or know someone who is autistic, the special effects are good

Don't see it if You want to see a show about a lighter subject

Annoying, Clever, Inventive, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You want to see a big stage show that has serious subject matter

Don't see it if Harsh lighting bothers you

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Ambitious, Dizzying, Intelligent, Riveting, Magical

See it if you like projection-heavy design, imaginative choreography and staging, and all the spectacle you can possibly handle.

Don't see it if you require a show to have a substantial core.

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