The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Christopher does not dream. He calculates, analyses, weighs, measures, observes and perceives life through the unpoetic filtres of logic. He is a special teenager, aged 15, suffering from the Asperger syndrome, defining himself as a „mathematician with some kind of behavioural difficulties”. A Sherlock Holmes as a child, knowing that killing the dog Wellington with a garden fork is the mystery which only his little grey matter can solve.
Thus commences the adventure of the boy who cannot lie, among the communication artifices used by the adults around him, among preconceptions and metaphor-lies. In the process he not only discovers what happened to Wellington, but also what kind of bizarre events his parents, his neighbours, as well as other victims of past wounds have experienced in their midlife.
The performance by Bobi Pricop, oscillating with lucid sensibility between comedy and drama, has a different speed from daily life: it is the mind-boggling speed of an intellect captive in a reality stuck inside its own boundaries.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a performative show, in which the world-scenery built by Adrian Damian, made of mirrors, distances and perceptions, is composed and decomposed in order to face us with ourselves and with our frail certainties.
The multimedia enactment, with video proiections redefining the spatiality and music of the world in movement, is a challenging sensory odyssey on the edge of normality, between puns and the need for clarity. And emotion is the main special effect.
The questions stay open, at the end of the story: What does it mean to be different and why our spontaneous nature, however awry, must be regarded as a norm?
The show is based upon the adaptation signed by the British playwright Simon Stephens, after the bestselling novel by Mark Haddon, sold in over 6 million copies worldwide and distinguished with 17 prestigious literary awards.
The world premiere of the show took place at the London National Theatre in 2012, and now it is performed on Broadway, achieving great audience and critical acclaim.