NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

Billings 365 Review: Next to Normal

Next to Normal: A Venture Theatre Production

May 25, 2013 @ 11:27 am by jodie
Before I get into my review, I would like clear up a few questions many people have about who and what is the new Venture Theatre. Parent company NOVA has taken over the operation of the theatre and Venture and Rimrock Opera Company offer their own productions in the building.

Next to Normal is the latest musical by Venture. A new show straight from Broadway that has garnered a Tony and a Pulitzer. The material is raw, emotional, and extremely thought-provoking. It exposes the dark truth of prescription drugs and how they are often handed out like candy- to the detriment of the patients’ lives. Normal explores the depth of loss and the destruction that follows when one has not been able to let go and move on. The characters as a family unit are moved through a series of heartbreaking moments and a quest to bring healing and stability. There is so much truth in this well-written piece and I believe everyone should experience it.

Lynn Al directs this roller coaster ride with finesse and power. The cast do a stunning job of portraying this wide-spread problem of medicating and avoiding life. The set is simple and stark. A perfect compliment to let the material shine. Each cast member gives the audience a devastatingly clear portrait of their torment. There are so many emotions swirling on this stage and every little bit deserves attention and deep consideration. I was wowed by Lewis Rawlinson’s (the son) bursting charisma! Kristin Mayer will wrap you in her pain as the mom. Kyle Trott will share with you his delicate emotions through his beautiful singing voice. And, Bridget Mayer will pounce on you with her painful frustration as the daughter. This is a great continuation of Venture Theatre and I hope you make it to a performance.

Tickets can be purchased through the website and at the theatre for $20-22.

Dates & Times:
Friday May 24, 2013 8:00PM
Saturday May 25, 2013 8:00PM
Sunday May 26, 2013 2:00PM
Friday May 31, 2013 8:00PM
Saturday June 1, 2013 8:00PM
Friday June 7, 2013 8:00PM
Saturday June 8, 2013 8:00PM
Sunday June 9, 2013 2:00PM

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NOVA Center for the Performing Arts  -  2317 Montana Avenue - Billings, MT 59101
PO Box 11
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-591-9535