Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Curious' Mystery Unfolds Visually Stunning Production Arrives at Heinz Hall Tuesday

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Curious' Mystery Unfolds Visually Stunning Production Arrives at Heinz Hall Tuesday

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"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" started as an award-winning 2003 novel, with a mouthful of a title inspired by a Sherlock Holmes short story.

The mystery of how a dog met its fate unfolds from the perspective of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, "a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties." Any human connection, emotional or physical, can send him into a panic. Although it is never said in the play, it seems obvious he has autism.

Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is the spark that allowed a remarkable creative team to adapt "Curious Incident" into a play that won seven Olivier Awards in London (2013) and five Tony Awards on Broadway (2015).

The team found a perfect balance of monologue and dialogue with video, light, sound and movement to bring playwright Simon Stephens' vision to the stage. Director Marianne Elliott ("War Horse") led the London and Broadway productions, with the Christopher actors Luke Treadaway there and Alex Sharp here each taking home best actor trophies.

"One of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway," The New York Times' Ben Brantley wrote in his review. "Be prepared to have all your emotional and sensory buttons pushed, including a few you may have not known existed. It's a production that retunes the way you see and hear."

Now one of the most honored plays of the decade is coming to Pittsburgh.

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" will reside at Heinz Hall Tuesday through Jan. 8.

"The best way to describe it, it's a really beautiful heartfelt story that has these gorgeous technical elements built on top of it," said Gene Gillette, the actor who plays Christopher's father, Ed.

The tour's Christopher is Adam Langdon, 23, who has done some regional theater, appeared on an episode of "The Good Wife" and writes and stars in the comedy web series "Moe and Jerryweather."

Mr. Gillette, who previously toured as the dad in "War Horse," talked about his young co-star via phone from Hartford, Conn., the stop before Pittsburgh. He noted that there were about five actors from "War Horse" in this show. He said how impressed he has been by the newcomer who plays his son. …

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