There are two places I absolutely do not want to be if I have a cold (cough)...one is an airplane and the second, the Theatre. I don't want to be that person who coughs at the most poignant part of the performance or the one your seat mates would like to vanish to outer space on the plane, afraid of being infected by your germs.
Because of the latter (as I mentioned in my post before), I postponed by return, paid full first class fare, and took a window seat so that I had only one seat mate to contend with and with more personal space between us, and so I could unobtrusively turn my face towards the window to cough into my kleenex, use the lav to blow my nose more frequently and, thanks to the airline, which let me keep my bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer, let him know I was conscious of not spreading my germs beyond my person so he could also enjoy his flight.
|Hanson, Ripley and Asa Somers|
I've never watched a musical where the dialogue was so precise and enunciated with such care by each and every cast member so that not one word was missed. The excellent story about a household coping with the mental illness of the mother is so up to date and relevant and the music and set designed so perfectly to enhance the performances with the musicians housed on several levels of the multilevel set, that it all worked together flawlessly to move the players through their paces ... the whole of it just one wonderful and mesmerizing piece of theater that got a very "spontaneous" standing ovation for its players. There was not one false note and the audience was right there with the story every step of the way.
|Alice Ripley and the wonderful Curt Hansen|
I'm so glad I pulled myself together and went! If you can scrape together a few nickels to see this, do so. You won't be sorry!
NEXT TO NORMAL
Alice Ripley Diana
Asa Somers Dan
Curt Hanson Gabe
Emma Hunton Natalie
Preston Sadleir Henry
Jaramy Kushnier Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine
Directed by Michael Greif
Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Songs out of tune, the words always a little wrong...Canzoni Stonate