My nephew is currently playing the role of Henry in Stages Theater's Next to Normal.
I've seen it twice...and I don't do plays.
Yep. Twice. It's that good.
It's a musical...but only because the conversation
between the characters is sung.
It's not your typical "break in to song and dance" kind of musical.
It could be described as funny, sad, and honest with endearing characters.
The family is dysfunctional (whose isn't?) because of the mother's mental illness.
The effects of her treatment and mistreatment is at the center of the dysfunction.
But there is more....so much more.
It's better to go in to it not knowing though.
The set is incredible in that it barely exists.
Tables and chairs are wheeled in and out from one scene to the next
in darkness and this allows the audience to simply focus
on the faces of the characters and their beautiful voices.
If you live in the Houston area, you should definitely try to see this one. It will make you proud of Houston theater. My nephew is the reason I went to see it the first time...with my sister, his mom. But I went back the second time so my husband and kids could see it, too. It's that good.
Chuck doesn't do plays either. But he loved it. So there.
It's playing through June 24.
I should explain for anyone who doesn't know me that I don't do plays
because I can't sit still that long. Not because I don't like them.
Most plays don't keep my attention long enough and I find myself
counting the scenes left until intermission or the end.
It's just a very antsy feeling. Almost claustrophobic.
And Chuck doesn't like plays because he likes television
more than anything in the world. And plays aren't like television.
Movies come close to television so he does like some movies.
But plays? Not so much.
So let me say this again....we loved this play.
Reading a couple of books on my Kindle Fire...and getting used to it.
Saw Bernie and loved it.
A true story about a murder that happened in
Carthage, Texas in the mid 90's.
Jack Black does a great job as Bernie.
Chuck had a conference to attend in Orlando in May
so Will and Cameron tagged along so they could go
to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
They had 2 days at the park and drank lots of ButterBeer.
All of my kids (3) love Harry Potter but these two are the
most addicted to the whole thing.
At least these 2 tell me they are more obsessed with HP than their sister.
Jordan is more obsessed with The Wizard of Oz.
So glad they had this chance to go here.
Check out the expression on the girl in pink.
All candy...no tshirts.
I stayed home with my very own Harry Pawter.