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Play, broadcast from UK, features quirky teen sleuth

September 13, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will present a broadcast of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," performed by London's National Theatre Live, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

The play was broadcast live from the National Theatre Sept. 6 to cinemas throughout the United Kingdom and worldwide, and is being shown in Lake Placid as an encore HD screening.

Simon Stephens' adaptation offers an exploration of the touching and bleakly humorous, award-winning novel by Mark Haddon. Directed by Marianne Elliott, the cast includes Niamh Cusack, Paul Ritter, Una Stubbs, Luke Treadaway and Nicola Walker.

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Christopher (played by Luke Treadaway) appears in a scene from “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”
(Photo — Manuel Harlan, courtesy of National Theatre Live)

Christopher (Treadaway), 15 years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears' dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

The play received four-star reviews from the Sunday Times, the Times, the Guardian, Time Out, the Evening Standard, the Telegraph, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express. The Daily Telegraph called it "funny and extremely moving. ... Marianne Elliott directs with all the flair that she displayed as co-director of 'War Horse.'"

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" runs 2 hours 45 minutes including an interval.

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What: Play broadcast, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," an encore HD screening of London's National Theatre Live

Where: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15

How much: $16 adults, $14 LPCA members, $10 students 18 and under

Contact: 518-523-2512



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