The Curious Incident: Extraordinarily Brilliant

 The stage is a blacked-out cube with white grid lines cutting into smaller squares. 
The ensemble cast members are just sitting by the sides.  
So are the small props. 
There were a number of trap doors, and secret compartments all throughout the cubed-set. 
Boxes represented random pieces of furniture or home appliance. 
Logically in order, but the possibilities of a mind’s imagination are far and infinite.

Lights flash and go; music and disturbing sounds meld with silence and white noise. 
Math numbers are flashed all throughout, 
constellations are projected on walls, 
and drawings of dinosaurs appear on the grid floors.

This is the unique and fantastic world of spectrum of Christopher. Christopher is a teenager that has Asperger’s syndrome. He ‘likes maths, the outer-space and he likes to be on his own.’  He tries to set his own detective work once he found out Wellington the dog has been killed. He never lies, and he has never went out of their town streets on his own.

The play from the same titled novel of Mark Haddon is simply phenomenal. The story telling from the perspective of a beautiful, magical’ mind is already a fantastic adventure on its own; the interpretation of how the mind of Christopher works visually is astounding.

Christopher is seen walking on the walls, floating around like an astronaut and seemingly make time go faster or extra slow. It does not only show how everyday life can be very different from someone that has autism; but it reflects how all of us go through fear of the unknown and how we react and navigate in life. 

Christopher is not a big fan of metaphors and emotions, but his character showed his heart and is one of the most loved by the people. The Curious Incident deserves all the accolades and the praises.

This does not only make us understand how a person that has a fantastic mind thinks; it is also an introspective on how they see our 'seemingly ordinary' world.

It is the smartest and most heart-filled theatre play I've ever seen in West End. It does not need elaborate song and dance numbers, eye-popping sets or glamorous costumes; Christopher's extraordinarily brilliant mind alone is all it needs for an incredible story ready for everyone to unravel.

I give it a Five-starred constellation rating. (With much respect to the prime numbers.)

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