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There were few moments of silence during, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, as loud music played and lights flashed. The set and ensemble made it feel like I was in a black box theatre, but it was taken to a new level. The magic from the lights and music were met with incredible acting and stunning lifts. The actors seemed to embody the characters as 15 year-old Christopher went on to investigate the murder of his neighbor's dog, but ends up discovering his mother and his own potential.
At the center of this, besides the dog, is Adam Langdon as Christopher who was talented and overall had an accurate portrayal of someone living with autism. He never broke character and it was clear that he researched this role. Adam Langdon had to share the spotlight with Gene Gillette as Ed, Christopher's father. Gene Gillette had a complex character that the audience learned to love, not love, but ultimately relate and understand. Ed takes care of Christopher alone and after Christopher discovers a secret his father kept from him, the audience doesn't know how to feel about Ed. By the end is was evident that Gene Gillette was the right choice to play Ed.
Christopher and Ed were not the only two outstanding actors; the ensemble had a big part between their synchronized, choreographed movements, to their reactions and insane lifts they preformed. Whether it was Christopher floating in space or walking on the walls, the ensemble made it happen.
This show felt like it was in a black box theatre. Well, maybe not black box, more of a bright lights, cool graphics, and video box. The set was nothing like I have seen before. At first, the high energy music and bright lights were fun and exciting, but by the end of the first act and beginning of the second, it became distracting at times. During some scenes, the special effects seemed to create a disconnect from the story. In particular, the scenes where Christopher is at the train station seemed overdone. It was difficult to follow him while he was surrounded by words flashing on walls, the ensemble walking in sync, loud music and announcements, and flashing lights. The train station scenes seemed to drag out and felt overdone. It was obvious that the lighting designer, Paule Constable had fun working with the set and that made it fun for the audience.
This show embodies a small scale black box theatre but with a technological twist. I have never seen a show this unique and would see it again. It is amazing insight into the life of someone with autism and it was brilliantly portrayed.

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Comment by Dudley Voigt on December 4, 2016 at 9:22pm

There is a thesis emerging through out your piece that you finally state at the end about the show being like a small-scale black box production.  That's a really cool idea, I wish you had gone back and edited this piece with that as your thesis.  It would help you have a stronger opening if you could introduce your main point there instead of just launching into description.  Another read-through for readability would also help it flow better. Good job!

Comment by Grace Peterson on January 16, 2017 at 8:48pm


I like the descriptions you provide in your first paragraph, but it feels a bit abrupt. Make sure that before you go into your analysis the audience knows what you're talking about. Name the show and where it's playing, and maybe a plot summary, before going straight into the analysis so the audience doesn't feel left behind.

While describing the performances, you state " By the end is was evident that Gene Gillette was the right choice to play Ed," but do not provide the reader with a reason. Obviously you shouldn't give away the plot, but how could you describe his performance in a way that would better support this statement?

Although I appreciate your critique of the loud noises during the train station scene, I encourage you to think critically about why that choice was made? Did the tech designers just feel like making a really bring, loud scene? How do those loud noises and bright lights contribute to the story? If they don't, that is completely valid, but it's definitely worth considering. 

Good job!


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