THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Simon Stephens based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Little Lake Theatre. May 19 – 29.
A few years back, the British novel called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was one of the most curious books to hit the best-seller lists. The stage play adapted from it then won major awards in both England and the United States, including the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. The character at the hub of the story, 15-year-old Christopher, is an autistic savant. Or as Christopher himself puts it, he’s “a mathematician with certain behavioral difficulties.” He is forced to solve a mystery to clear himself from suspicion. Critics have said that beyond just bringing an unusual character to life, it brings his world view to life, inviting the audience into Christopher’s mind to share his experience. 500 Lakeside Dr., Canonsburg. (M.V.)
RIPCORD by David Lindsay-Abaire. South Park Theatre. May 19 – June 4.
Many wars have been fought over land and prime real estate. The battle in Ripcord is over a sunny room on the top floor of a retirement home. The battle starts when a cranky resident, Abby, is forced to share her room with newcomer Marilyn. The comedic hostilities ensue as they both try to get the upper hand. Corner of Brownsville Rd. and Corrigan Dr, South Park Twp.