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Pear postpones 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' due to coronavirus


The Pear Theatre production of Simon Stephens’ “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which was set to open last weekend in Mountain View, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision was made to adhere to the California Department of Public Health’s new guidelines that gatherings of fewer than 250 people in venues that do not allow social distancing of 6 feet per person should be postponed or canceled, according to a Pear press release. The theater hopes to resume performances as soon as possible, the release noted, and ticket sales for future shows are frozen until plans can be made.

“Curious” was originally slated to run through April 5 in Mountain View.

Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards, including Best Play, “Curious” is a mystery and also a glimpse into being exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

Henry Alper was set to star as Christopher and Melinda Marks to direct.

The story centers on Christopher, a mathematically gifted 15-year-old boy with an aversion to being touched by strangers. After he discovers his neighbor’s dog lying dead with a garden fork sticking out of it, the neighbor calls the police. The responding officer touches Christopher, who reacts by hitting him and he’s arrested.

Released with a warning to his father’s care, and now under suspicion for killing the dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, leading to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

During its premiere run in 2012-2013 in London, the play tied the record for winning the most Olivier Awards (seven), including Best New Play (the record was surpassed by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in 2017 with nine wins).

The Broadway production of “Curious” won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

The play originated as a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon.

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