By Annabelle Emuze
What began as a sort of curious confusion turned into my inability to take my eyes of the stage. Latrelle Bright’s direction created a masterpiece.
Last Thursday evening I attended The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and it was not at all what I expected it to be.
The play was centered around a 15 year-old boy, Christopher, who suffered from an autism spectrum condition. The actor who played the role of Christopher was amazing! Extremely well spoken, very convincing, and never once broke character – he was my favorite part of this production.
The use of technology to simulate the settings in the play were absolutely incredible. Some of my favorite scenes were actually the part of the play where the images portrayed the galaxy and Christopher was narrating while the people (who I believe made up his subconscious) locked arms forming constellations, that was beautiful. I felt like I was on a cloud witnessing that combination of imagery, acting, sound, and narration – I’ve never seen anything like that before.
I think about what the play would have looked like if it was presented in a more standard play format and I don’t believe the effect would have been the same. Sound and movement are powerful on their own and when paired the results are astounding – as I witnessed in this play.