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Port Tobacco Gamers presents a pensive ‘Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time’


Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone was the form of younger man who recited prime numbers when he obtained burdened. He would ask questions like “The place is God?” after which proceed to attempt to reply that vexing query mathematically.

Port Tobacco Gamers’ The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time is a play concerning the breakdown of a household seen by the eyes of an autistic teenager. When Christopher is mistakenly accused of killing a neighbor’s canine, he units out to seek out the precise offender. Christopher’s investigation leads to a life-altering discovery and a journey to seek out the reality behind the fractures in his household.

Heather LaBelle (Voice 1) as Mrs. Shears and William Zabriskie as Christopher in ‘The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time.’ Picture by Jason Klonkowski.

Playwright Simon Stephen based mostly the present on the same-titled e-book by Mark Haddon. The title is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story “The Journey of the Silver Blaze.” In the midst of its preliminary 2013 run, the play tied for essentially the most Olivier Awards given out (seven), together with Finest New Play. Stephen’s retelling of the story, set in Nice Britain, is a form of play-within-a-play as a result of it’s offered as a studying of Christopher’s writing by his trainer.

William Zabriskie, a sophomore at Maurice J. McDonough Excessive Faculty, in his third Port Tobacco Gamers (PTP) present, was phenomenal as Christopher. The appearing vary he added to his character’s narrative arc was virtually flawless. Due to Autism Coach Caprice Nathaniel, Zabriskie’s mannerisms have been nicely accomplished. Dialogue Coach Fraser Tuffee helped craft Zabriskie’s plausible British accent.

The scenes between Zabriskie and his indignant and distant father, Ed, performed by the wonderful John Swann, have been relatable, they usually made me really feel one thing. Swann is a PTP veteran, having performed in its Jesus Christ Celebrity highway present. I loved the scenes between Zabriskie and Kim Moore Bessler, as neighbor Mrs. Alexander; in these scenes, Christopher realized shattering info about his household.

William Zabriskie as Christopher in ‘The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time.’ Picture by Jason Klonkowski.

Nicole Collins was partaking to observe as Christopher’s mom. Seen in a flashback, and later within the play’s current time, Collins performed her story arc nicely. Collins is the Director and a participant within the Cloudwalker Live performance Collection. What can I say concerning the pleasant David Ludy, who performed Policeman and Rev. Peters, amongst different characters? He introduced such power to the present that I’d gentle up once I watched him. Ludy has appeared in such PTP productions as 1776, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and A Christmas Carol.

Kaitelyn Bauer Dieguez performed Siobhan, Christopher’s trainer, with an enthralling British/Irish accent. All through nearly all of the present, she sat home left, on a brief stone wall, studying Christopher’s diary whereas different characters acted out or shadowed what she learn.

Jake Jaffe performed Roger Shears, who had some curious interactions with Christopher’s mom. I preferred Heather LaBelle as Mrs. Shears. Michael Beyrle Jr. was efficient as Voice Three/Policeman. Trinity Fraser was like a human utility software as Voice 5 and lots of different characters.

William Zabriskie as Christopher and John Swann as Ed in ‘The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time.’ Picture by Jason Klonkowski.

Director Craig Hower pulled his gamers collectively to make a thought-inducing present. I give credit score to Hower additionally the set designer; Chuck “Nail Bender” Hower, grasp carpenter; Nina McNeal-Grover, set decorator; and Michael O’Shields, scenic artwork coordinator, for components such because the lifelike, house-right tree (with branches that unfold to the orchestra pit) and the flown surroundings items. I nonetheless haven’t discovered how these items have been flown/slid with none seen wires (ground magnets, maybe?).

The present boasts two sound designers, Kelsey Clarke and Nathan Daetwyler. Their thunder and rain results made me suppose there was a storm exterior.

The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time is a pensive manufacturing for critical theatergoers. While you see it, keep previous the curtain for a nice shock.

Working time: Two hours 45 minutes, together with a 15-minute intermission

The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time performs by October 9, 2022, at Port Tobacco Gamers, 508 Charles Road, La Plata, MD. Tickets ($16.50-$19.50) could be bought on-line.

COVID Security:  For all performances, masks shall be required. See Port Tobacco Gamers’ full COVID Security Plan right here.

The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time
By Simon Stephens based mostly on the novel of the identical title by Mark Haddon
Producer: Mike Gahan
Director: Craig Hower

CAST
Christopher: William Zabriskie
Ed: John Swann
Judy:  Nicole Collins
Siobhan: Kaitelyn Bauer Dieguez
Voice 1: Heather LaBelle
Voice 2: Jake Jaffe
Voice 3: Michael Beyrle Jr.
Voice 4: David Ludy
Voice 5: Trinity Fraser
Voice 6: Kim Moore Bessler

ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Craig Hower
Dialogue Coach: Fraser Tuffee
Autism Coach: Caprice Nathaniel
Set Designer: Craig Hower
Scenic Artwork Coordinator: Michael O’Shields
Set Decorator: Nina McNeal-Grover
Grasp Carpenter: Chuck “Nail Bender” Hower
Sound Design: Kelsey Clarke and Nathan Daetwyler

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