“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is an adaptation of the popular book by the same name, and a winner of five Tony Awards. It runs from May 30th – June 18th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. For tickets go to the special page for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at denvercenter.org.

DENVER (CBS4) – “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” makes for an unusual night in the theater. At once it’s true and touching, piercing, and raw, intense and laugh-out loud funny.

“There’s so many elements to it. It’s a story about an extraordinary boy who has challenges and faces up to challenges, and proves himself to be very brave and very adventurous. It’s a family story. It’s a mystery story,” said Felicity Jones Latta, who plays Judy, Christopher’s mother.

It makes you question what you think you know about both family and challenges, and does so with a staging that makes it difficult to forget.

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“I came to understanding through entertainment,” said CBS4’s Critic-at-Large Greg Moody. “And the truth is after 40 years in the cheap seats, I have never seen a show like this before.”

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It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s a really beautiful story about family and about valuing the differences in other people, and going along on this young man’s kind of hero quest to be brave and discover something about himself. And see his limitations and his non-limitations in this world. And on top of that is layered all this really beautiful choreography by Frantic Assembly, all these amazing lights and sounds that are going to blow you out of your seat,” said Gene Gillette, who plays Ed, Christopher’s father.

When Adam Langdon takes the stage as Christopher in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, you see an actor transformed. He becomes this character for two-hours, skittish, always moving, concerned, overwhelmed, touching, and fragile.

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“I would say his journey is one of discovery, you know. Along this journey, he sort of starts to find other little mysteries and it’s really more in the second act that he discovers that he really needs to take a step outside of his comfort zone, and he succeeds in doing that. And it’s really this incredible moment where he discovers something about himself,” Langdon told CBS4.

It’s an amazing and exhausting performance. Christopher never leaves the stage. The story is told through his eyes, and he races about constantly, always in a fever pitch of emotion.

“Yeah, there’s something epic about it, that I think you can find in the really good musicals, but I think that’s something you can also find in the really good plays. With this story, there is something larger than life, which I think, maybe people don’t expect from plays. They expect it from musicals, for it to exceed the boundaries of the normal, which this definitely does,” Langdon said.

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How Adam Langdon, how any actor, does this at length every night is a wonder to me. But then again so is this show, a wonder, taking the audience inside a boy’s mind, which in even the best of circumstances can be a very dangerous place to go.

“‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is an amazing night of theater,” said CBS4’s Critic-at-Large Greg Moody.

There are certainly more than one story line running through “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” the Tony Award winning play coming to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. There is, of course, the general story of Christopher and his hero’s quest to London; and, then there is the story of his caregivers, his parents dealing with their fracturing lives, and his teacher and mentor, Siobhan.

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“You know, I think, Siobhan is extremely supportive of him. She knows some of the challenges that he faces, and at the same time, really appreciates the gifts that he does have,” said Maria Elena Ramirez, who plays Siobhan in the touring group.

Siobhan essentially helps Christopher not only interpret his life, but his thoughts, his feelings, and his impulses. Plus, she provides a sounding board for his multitude of interests.

“He’s this mathematical genius, so she tries to sort of lead him in that direction. He’s extremely smart, so she wants to pull all of that out of him. She does know that he has some challenges, and so she, I think, just continues to encourage him to , you know, come a little bit outside of himself and explore the world,” Ramirez said.

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And she provides one of the key dramatic moments of the show, one that you will likely debate long after the final curtain.

“At the end of the show? Um… you know…I think that’s for the audience to glean. I think that she knows that he’s going to have to figure out the world in a way that may be easier for other people to do,” Ramirez told CBS4.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is any number of things at once, funny, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, mesmerizing.

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There’s a cast member in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” who you may not notice at first, but he’s there much of the time. Toby, the pet rat, in the small red carry-case.

Nashville audiences got to meet Toby up close and personal, before the show, and his handler, the rat wrangler, Cara Kilduff.

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“When I had them living in my apartment, I tested out different styles of music for them. They like jazz, they like classical, which I like too. It’s amazing,” Kilduff said with a laugh to the Nashville crowd.

Rats, fancy rats, are wonderful pets and fascinating creatures, although not everyone in the Nashville crowd was thinking that.

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Why a live rat rather than a prop rat on stage? Well, it’s something the audience realizes, and given all the movement and action, comes to care about, just like Christopher does. And don’t worry, when the action gets heated and there’s a lot of frantic movement on stage, thanks to some theatrical slight of hand, Toby is safely back stage. It’s just the cage that’s getting knocked around. It’s all part of the magic of the theatre, and the emotional magic of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

Critic-at-Large Greg Moody’s Review:

“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is quite simply an amazing play. Thanks to an assault of sound and lights, the audience is drawn into Christopher’s world, right away. Right from the start of the show, it’s loud, it’s pulsating, and it’s overwhelming.

Played to perfection by Adam Langdon, Christopher is a young man who loves math, mysteries, and his pet rat, Toby. He also functions in the world with difficulty. Difficulties that are never really labeled but form the foundation for the drama, and make Christopher’s great adventure all that much more frightening. 

The focus may be Christopher and his epic journey, but you can’t ignore the effects of Christopher’s world on his parents, his care givers, played by Felicity Jones Latta, and Colorado native Gene Gillette. 

I love this. As the audience was made, over the course of the evening, a part of Christopher’s world, you find yourself immersed and rewarded by adventure, emotion, and magnificent staging. It’s all there. 


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