Next to Normal has won multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize — not bad for a play about mental illness. Diane Goodman is a mother who struggles with bipolar disorder, and the effects ripple throughout her family. When it comes to contemporary musicals, it doesn't get much more contemporary than this. Topics addressed include ethics in modern psychiatry, suburban life and grieving. And the music is pretty great too.
Next to Normal
Music Theater of Connecticut MainStage Studio Theatre, 246 Post Road East in Colonial Green in Westport. Oct. 19-Nov. 4. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., 3 p.m. $25-$45. (203) 454-3883, musictheatreofct.com.
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