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One of contemporary theater’s most powerful rock operas, Next to Normal, concerns a family dealing with the mother’s bipolar disorder. And you have the opportunity to see this Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenom in a strong production on Riverside Theatre’s intimate Waxlax Stage.
A new theater debuting by choosing a complex musical about mental illness, and in the small confines of the 50 or so seat theater? Now that takes confidence. And confident the professional, non-Equity Measure for Measure appears to be, as it dives head first into the complicated, yet wholly satisfying Next to Normal, as part of a co-production with Infinite Abyss Productions.
Daimien J. Matherson and his new South Florida theater company Measure for Measure are finally about to put an undesired nickname — and Hurricane Irma — behind them Almost exactly eight months after the storm invaded South Florida, they’re ready to forget about the storm that postponed their original debut production.
The Timekeepers, a harrowing drama mounted on a tiny stage by a company only in its second season, swept six of its six nominations including best play at the 38th Carbonell Awards Monday night. Those wins, along with a best director award for the fledgling Slow Burn Theatre Company’s musical next to normal, was greeted as a sign that young theaters could make inroads in a program dominated by a handful of venerable and well-funded troupes.
Critics are congenitally awash in self-doubt when they adore something. But to heck with it. Slow Burn Theatre Company’s profoundly moving production of the musical next to normal is about as good as it gets in South Florida theater.
Hello, my name is Peter R. Hirschman, and as a StageBill extra treat to our readers I’m providing an “othersider’s” view of the Actors Playhouse’s production of Next to Normal now playing at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables.
Perhaps God invented musicals just so someday we could be thrilled and troubled and moved and enriched by next to normal, Actors Playhouse’s finest work since Floyd Collins in 2003.