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Christopher's astronaut fantasy
Prepare to be wowed by the powerful production presented by Broadway Philadelphia in collaboration with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is appearing at The Academy of Music through March 5. Adam Langdon is brilliant as Christopher Boone, an extremely bright teenager who has no internal mechanisms to relate to the world around him. Christopher takes everything literally and has no concept of nuance. When asked to be quiet, he wants to know “for how long?” Unable to tolerate a human touch, and disoriented by bright lights or loud noises, Christopher frequently covers his head with his hands and groans if he finds something disturbing, a truly tortured soul. Conversely,having difficulty relating to others gives him time to plunge himself into worlds of fantasy. A narrator speaks his thoughts; a cacophony of sound effects and discordance accompanied by dazzling lights and flashing asymmetrical lines give us a peek into Christopher’s mind. And the peek is mind-boggling. In addition to the special effects, the set design is both functional and fantastic. Small doors open throughout the sides of the sometimes stark set to reveal access to props. Enraged by the killing of a neighbor’s dog and the fact that he was thought guilty, Christopher sets out to "detect" the guilty party. The answer enables him to conquer many of his fears of the world around him and the audience is literally with him every step of the way. You will not find a more compelling tale told on the stage today nor one produced with more creativity. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215)893-3333, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org. or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. For groups of 10 or more, phone (215)790-5883.