I am an Agatha Christie "newbie." I have never read one book, nor seen any staged production written by the mystery author. I was not familiar with the quick-witted, dust-loathing detective, M. Hercule Poirot, who has appeared in more than 30 of Christie's novels and short stories. The sleuth also appears in Black Coffee, Christie's first and only mystery that was originally written as a play.
At its heart, David Auburn's Proof is a mystery. Did Catherine (Colleen Caul) create a proof for a mathematical assumption long considered to be beyond the capabilities of the best minds of the century, or was she taking credit for her dead father's (John Contini as Robert) work? Can she prove she's telling the truth about the proof? Will she? These questions are central to this examination of the intersection of genius and madness symbolized by the arcane hieroglyphs of higher mathematics.