ARTS Pick: Next to Normal

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A powerful family story (L to R: Ross Wheeler, Daniel J. Self, and Catherine Ogden) is set to rock music in Heritage Theatre Festival’s production of the award-winning Next to Normal. Photo Michael Bailey. A powerful family story (L to R: Ross Wheeler, Daniel J. Self, and Catherine Ogden) is set to rock music in Heritage Theatre Festival’s production of the award-winning Next to Normal. Photo Michael Bailey.

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal goes deep. Deeper, in fact, than many social constructs deem comfortable. The production’s dialogue allows the audience to reflect upon the turmoil of a family whose members are struggling to come to terms with the worsening bipolar disorder of their mother. Addressing issues associated with severe mental illness, the play is an emotional roller coaster that swerves unpredictably through a pulsating original rock score. For mature audiences only.

Through 8/3  $20-40, 2 and 7:30pm. Culbreth Theatre, 109 Culbreth Rd. 924-3376.

 

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