By Michael Gioia
05 Sep 2013
|Photo by Ian Phillips-McLaren|
Directed by Tracie Pang, the cast includes West End actress Sally Ann Triplett (Chicago, Cabaret, Mamma Mia!) as Diana, Adrian Pang as Dan, Juan Jackson as Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine, Julia Abueva as Natalie, Linden Furnell as Henry and Nathan Hartono as Gabe.
Performances continue through Sept. 22.
Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal, according to Pangdemonium, "tells the extraordinary roller-coaster story of Diana, a woman battling bipolar disorder coupled with schizophrenic hallucinations; and her hapless husband Dan, who fights to keep her mind stable and his family intact. Things get even more complicated when Diana defies her Doctor, and resorts to desperate measures. Diana's and Dan's struggles put a strain on their relationship with their teenage daughter Natalie, who is herself barely coping with her own growing pains and blossoming relationship with her boyfriend, Henry. Meanwhile Diana has created a superhero-like image of her son Gabe – who is not all that he may seem… 'Normal' is not a word you’d use to describe this family."