Wednesday, June 4, 2014

theatre/inspiration - curious incident of the dog in the night-time.

Recently, my friend Deb and I went to see a National Theatre Live broadcast of 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.



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 From Barnes and Noble.com - about the book

Overview

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. Routine, order and predictability shelter him from the messy, wider world. Then, at fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing.
Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer and turns to his favorite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As he tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, we are drawn into the workings of Christopher’s mind.

And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotion. The effect is dazzling, making for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing is a mind that perceives the world literally.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of the freshest debuts in years: a comedy, a heartbreaker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
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I haven't read the book, though now after seeing the play, I am very eager to. 

The play was exceptional.  Well acted, amazingly staged, beautifully done by all parties.

My friend's son (as are many kids and people we find lately) is on the autistic spectrum.  She saw many aspects of her son within the portrayal of Christopher, the main character.

I think the play also speaks to parents, to kids, to those who have always felt just a bit different and misunderstood by others ( regardless on whether or not they are on the spectrum).

Haven't we all been there at one point or another in our lives?

At one point, Christopher quickly rattles off a laundry list of all the things he plans to accomplish in order to become an astronaut. Some of them daunting to an adult to even think about tackling, but to him, it was a means to an end.

He sums up the speech to the audience by stating simply and emphatically that he could do anything - could be anything.

Wow.

Beautiful.

I wish my kid grows up with that mindset.  Believe me, we are working on instilling it in her.

Official trailer for the NT Live Broadcast.  

It's still playing, folks.  Click on the link below.



Making the production video


And it's coming to Broadway -  fabulous.  Hope lots more folks go out to see this.  It's worth it.

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