15-year old Christopher lives in Swindon, England, about 80 miles west of London. The titular incident is when Christopher finds his neighbor's dog murdered, stabbed with a garden fork (which is British for pitchfork). He is greatly disturbed, and vows to find out who the murderer is, even though it means leaving his comfort zone and talking to his neighbors. His mother died two years ago so he lives with his father, who tells him to drop it and not make trouble. But Christopher continues with his investigation, which leads to uncovering not only what happened to the dog, but even more pivotal truths about himself and his family. He successfully travels to London on his own, despite the overwhelming stimuli for a boy with his condition, and eventually returns home to take a special test in maths (which is British for math). Through his adventures Christopher finds that he's more capable than he thought he was, and as able to grow and learn as anyone.*
|Christopher (Zach Schnitzer) with the ensemble|
(photo by Justin Cox)
|Christopher and his mom|
(Stacia Rice with Zach Schnitzer, photo by Justin Cox)
On top of all that good stuff, there's something everyone loves - a real live dog on stage (perhaps to make up for the fake dead one at the top of the show). And something only math nerds like myself love - a mathematical proof after the curtain call!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time continues through October 13 and is already selling really well (at the very reasonable price of $30 or less per ticket), so make your plans soon to join Yellow Tree in another great season of theater in the 'burbs.
*Some text borrowed from what I've written about previous productions.