The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time at Sidney Harman Hall Tuesday, July 22

Is it the only book in history to get high marks from your aunt’s suburban book club, your 13-year-old neighbor, and your English-major friend who finds Jonathan Franzen prosaic? Yes, probably. And in 2012, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was translated into a similarly appealing theatrical production at London’s National Theatre. The story of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old mathematical savant with an Asperger’s-like condition who becomes engrossed in the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, moves with ease to the stage under the direction of Marianne Elliott. The initial peculiarity of watching a play broadcast live rather than performed in front of you quickly dissipates, and the weirdly engrossing story of an English teen, a dead dog, and family secrets takes hold. Take a date, take your grandma—this is high art that’s also just plain good. The film shows at 7:30 p.m. at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.

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