Next to Normal; Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Center for the Arts Roberts Studio Theatre, 3/9/12-
4/15/12, EXTENDED THROUGH 4/22/12 (Second and Final Extension)!!! http://www.speakeasystage.com/doc.php?section=showpage&page=normal.
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Reviewed by Craig Idlebrook
(Boston, MA) Break a toe and you might end up with a sore back. Twist an ankle and your knee might have trouble compensating. A family is like that. It is a group of humans that moves in concert and is much more adaptable than a body, for better or worse. When a part of the social organism is injured, the other parts imperfectly try to take up the load. What else can you do, amputate?
Speakeasy’s production of Next to Normal provides a clear window into the holistic impact the mental illness of one member of the family has on the family-body. It realistically and powerfully illustrates how we all soldier on when there are pieces of us missing. But this isn’t an “Eat-Your-Vegetables-and-Learn-About-Mental-Illness” production. Next to Normal provides pitch-perfect comedic timing, layered action, great music and a stunning set. Life flows through this play; though it is heartbreaking, it is not a requiem. Tissues are a must, however. Continue reading