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.
From Barnes and Noble.com - about the book
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.
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.