Stage Alchemy, Brilliant as Stars

October 6, 2014 2:43 AM

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Stage Alchemy, Brilliant as Stars

There are plays that entertain, plays that illuminate, and plays that bring us to an exalted new place. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, at the Ethel Barrymore, does all three. This is exhilarating, dynamic theatre which triumphantly expands the boundaries of theatricality.

Playwright Simon Stephens and director Marianne Elliott (of War Horse) have taken children's book author Mark Haddon's 2003 novel--an international bestseller, well-loved by children and adults alike--and exploded it onto the stage. Explode, perhaps, is the operative word. Fifteen-year-old Christoph...

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