September 13, Actors’ Theatre debuted the opening of their 2018-19 season with “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” The play is based off the novel with the same title. The stage adaptation is well known for winning five Tony Awards – including the Tony Award for “Best Play” in 2015.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” follows the story of a 15-year-old boy, Christopher, who is described to have an incredible mind. Christopher is excellent at mathematics but is ill-equipped to interpret his everyday life. He becomes falsely accused of killing his neighbor’s dog, and the accusations take him far away from his home to a life-changing visit in London.
The performance stars Jason Flannery, a theater professor at GRCC and is directed by Jean Reed Bahle. Bahle describes the production as all-encompassing with a little bit for everyone to enjoy.
“This show has everything,” Bahle said. “It has a bit of theater magic, there’s drama, there’s humor in it. It’s quite a universal story, it’s a coming of age story.”
“Some of it is realistic, a lot of it is not – a lot is expressionistic,” Bahle said. “Which means we are using the ensemble to create the locations, they are creating the mood of the piece. They are being used in unusual ways. All the ensemble play multiple roles, but in addition to that they create the atmosphere.”
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” performs at Spectrum Theater, located at 160 Fountain Street NE, at 8 p.m.,Sept. 15, 20-22 and 27-29 and at 3 p.m., Sept. 23 . For information on how to purchase tickets, visit ActorsTheatre.org.