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  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Reviews
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Ahmanson Theatre

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Los Angeles Times- Highly Recommended

"...I’ve seen Marianne Elliott’s production in the West End and on Broadway, where she won the Tony for her direction (her second after “War Horse”), and what continues to impress me is the way she dynamically theatricalizes Christopher’s relationship to the world."
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Charles McNulty



Edge- Highly Recommended

"...While the play may not be appropriate for small children due to the adult subject matter (they'd be bored), some language and the possibility that some of the lighting effects might frighten them, teenagers should be allowed to attend the production to learn about how the mind can work. It's a fascinating thrill ride that pays off emotionally. (Make sure to stay for the "After-the-Credits" sequence. It's a doozy.)"
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Harker Jones



Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended

"...The pursuit of the dog-killer was never more than a pretext for the boy’s identity quest. But at drama’s end Christopher’s devotion to the late Wellington is gorgeously redeemed in a transcendent stage picture. Unlike Christopher’s absolutes and abstractions, it’s not at all symbolic. No story could end better."
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Frank Arthur



LA Splash- Recommended

"...THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is an unusual production. While it may be a bit long for its simple story – and while the Ahmanson stage might be a bit large for this relatively small, personal tale – it is still an intriguing and creative piece which should appeal to most audiences. Frequent injections of humor should add to this involving entertainment."
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Elaine Mura



ArtsBeatLA- Somewhat Recommended

"...Sadly, this production from The National Theatre of Britain suffers from some overly dramatic acting and over enunciation (everything is so terrible spiffing!) in its attempt to express the heart of the story beneath the technical spectacle."
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Pauline Adamek



Stage Raw- Highly Recommended

"...Los Angeles is fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy this lavish, technically splendid production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which is making its local stop at the Ahmanson this month. A hit when it premiered at the Royal National Theatre in London in 2012, it opened on Broadway in 2014, winning a host of awards including the Tony Award for Best Play."
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Paul Birchall



Haines His Way- Recommended

"...It is an intriguing piece of theatre that contains a tour-de-force performance by Langdon. His Christopher can be very off-putting at times, but Landgon never wavers in his dedication to the role. It is a very high tech production-a large black box scenic design by Bunny Christie upon which Finn Ross's video design highlighting Christopher's though processes are shown. Paule Constable's lighting design and the sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph are an integral part of the experience."
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Rob Stevens



Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended

"...Adapted wondrously by Simon Stephens from the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, it's not hard to understand why The Curious Incident... won seven Olivier Awards in the West End and five Tony Awards on Broadway, including in both contests Best Play, Best Director honors for Marianne Elliott, and Best Choreography for Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett."
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Travis Michael Holder



On Stage Blog- Recommended

"...The reason I have talked so little about the plot is because it is arguably the least special thing about this show. That is not to discredit it-it is an engaging story that keeps you invested even throughout a relatively lengthy two and a half hours. But when every other element feels exceptional, something has to be a bit ordinary. Oh, and don't worry-they make up for the disturbing initial image with the crowd-pleasing appearance of a ridiculously adorable puppy towards the end."
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Erin Conley