‘Next to Normal’ inspires striking combination of awe and discomfort

Theater is most exhilarating when the actors’ emotions aren’t confined to the stage. It’s best when the audience is invited, or rather, forced into the story. The Tufts Department of Drama and Dance’s run of the musical “Next to Normal” does just that. It’s refreshing that at a school like Tufts, where the audience is no stranger to the discussion […]


Tufts Drama and Dance’s production of ‘Next to Normal’ addresses stigma of mental illness

With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, “Next to Normal” (2008) is a celebrated rock musical that tells the story of suburban mother Diana Goodman’s struggle with bipolar disorder. The production emphasizes that mental illness is rarely a solitary experience and explores its impact on families. The outstanding execution and […]


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