THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is Visually Extraordinary, Emotionally Lacking

October 6, 2014 9:42 AM

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The first time British director Marianne Elliott was represented on Broadway, the play she co-directed, based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, War Horse, stirred up some controversy with its Tony Award win as the best of the season. While few would argue with the Best Director prize awarded to Elliott and her colleague, Tom Morris, giving the honor of Best Play to Nick Stafford, credited in the program as the adapter of Morpurgo's book and not as a playwright, raised eyebrows among those who thought his text was merely a serviceable vehicle for the production's main attraction, the impressive and imaginative staging.

Should Elliott's return to Broadway, as sole director of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, be similarly honored, it may raise the same issue. Though Simon Stephens is fully credited as a playwright for this one, his adaptation of Mark Haddon's story involving a 15-year-old boy with ...

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