Based on the best-selling book, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” opens tomorrow night (Tuesday) in Des Moines. It features actor Gene Gillette as the father of a boy who’s exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.
“‘Curious Incident’ is the story of this extraordinary young man named Christopher Boone who finds out that his neighbor’s dog, his best friend in the world, has been murdered,” Gillette says. “He sets about on this detective journey to find out who killed his best friend and along the way, he uncovers all of these secrets.” The 15-year old falls under suspicion for killing the dog and his own investigation of the incident leads to life-changing discoveries.
“It’s a really beautiful story about family and about valuing the differences in other people,” Gillette says, “and it’s all integrated with this amazing set and projections and lights and sounds, this really immersive piece of theater that’s going to blow you out of your seat.” The 2003 book authored by Mark Haddon won numerous literary awards in the U.S., Japan, Holland and Italy, as well as Book of the Year in the UK, and it’s been translated into 44 languages. Given some of the topics in the play, Gillette suggests it’s a great show to take a kid to see, age 12 and up.
“There’s challenging subject matter in it but I think it’s good challenging subject matter,” Gillette says. “It’s something that when you walk out of the theater with your teenage son or daughter, it’s something you would want to talk with them about.” The show runs through Sunday at the Des Moines Civic Center.