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Theater review: CityRep premieres profound, must-see 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

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Cameron Law, foreground, performs with the cast of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's regional premiere production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." [Wendy Mutz/provided]
Cameron Law, foreground, performs with the cast of Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's regional premiere production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." [Wendy Mutz/provided]

Empathetic storytelling and innovative staging merge into a profound, must-see theatrical experience with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre’s regional premiere of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

CityRep is performing Simon Stephens’ five-time Tony-winning stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s acclaimed best-selling novel through Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theatre, and the short run is the worst part about this captivating show.

The play opens with English teenager Christopher Boone (Cameron Law) kneeling next to his neighbor’s dead dog. Despite his father’s (Luke Thomas Eddy) command to mind his own business, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who killed the dog, and his investigation leads him to several shocking discoveries and on an arduous but life-altering journey to London.

Although neither the book nor the play assign him a diagnosis, Christopher has many hallmarks of someone on the autism spectrum: He is overwhelmed by loud noises, dislikes being touched and engages in “stimming” behaviors like worrying the drawstrings of his hoodie or rocking when he gets upset. Although he excels at math and reasoning, he finds people hard to figure. To his credit, Law never lets Christopher become a caricature, keeps up a near-constant narration and never leaves the stage during the show.

Under the direction of W. Jerome Stevenson, the entire cast does a terrific job bringing to life the complicated, relatable characters. Lisa Fairchild makes a lovely CityRep debut as Siohbhan, Christopher’s warm and wise teacher. The script provides a wrenching look into the difficulties of parenting a special needs child, with Eddy and Maria Hurdle giving truthful performances as Christopher’s father and mother.

Along with playing various roles, the actors frequently engage in a kind of evocative ballet, choreographed by Hui Cha Poos of RACE Dance, that provides insight into Christopher’s mindset. Ben Hall’s spare, black-and-white set design, Adam Chamberlain’s effective lighting and projections, and stage manager Steve Emerson’s striking sound design add an immersive quality.

Theatergoers will want to stay after the bows – when Christopher returns and puts a charming cap on the show — and for post-show talkbacks. CityRep is presenting the show during National Autism Awareness Month and partnering with Autism Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Autism Network to provide real-life insight into the challenges and resources for Oklahomans with autism.

— Brandy McDonnell, The Oklahoman

ON STAGE

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

When: 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theater, 201 N Walker.

Tickets and information: 848-3761 or www.cityrep.com.

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<strong>Cameron Law stars inOklahoma City Repertory Theatre's regional premiere production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." [Wendy Mutz/provided]</strong>

Cameron Law stars inOklahoma City Repertory Theatre's regional premiere production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." [Wendy Mutz/provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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