Rich Ryan


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Nov. 9-Dec. 10
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Nov. 12-Dec. 10
2 p.m.
Free; $25 guaranteed reservations

Mixed Blood Theatre was founded to embrace diverse voices. That includes the voices of the differently abled, as the company demonstrated with last year’s production of Orange, Aditi Brennan Kapil’s play about a teenage girl on the autism spectrum who goes on an overnight odyssey through Southern California. Curious Incident is a much higher-profile play: Simon Stephens’ Tony-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s widely read 2003 novel about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the mystery of a neighbor’s dog speared to death with a pitchfork. This isn’t a chamber piece. The productions in New York and London (and a touring version that came to the Orpheum last winter) relied on sophisticated visual and sound effects that were intentionally overpowering, giving audience members a feeling for how the sensitive Christopher Boone perceives the metropolis he must navigate alone. That will be tricky for a smaller company, but Mixed Blood thrives on challenges like this. (For example, the company brought the twisted puppets of Avenue Q to life in 2011.) While director Jack Reuler will have to get creative with his staging, he’ll also have the opportunity to highlight some of the relationships in Christopher’s life with the kind of tender performances that can be lost in larger houses.