The Oregonian: ‘Next to Normal’ brings the topic of mental illness to the stage (column)

jenalisonJennifer Yamashiro, left, as Diana and Alison Luey as her daughter Natalie in Theatre in the Grove’s production of “Next to Normal.” The rock musical examines the effects of a mother’s mental illness on her life and her family. (Samantha Swindler/Staff)
By Samantha Swindler | The Oregonian/OregonLive
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on January 11, 2017 at 5:00 AM, updated January 12, 2017 at 9:57 AM

The musical “Next to Normal” is personal.

Not just because it’s community theater, and Forest Grove’s actors are regular people, not celebrities.

It’s personal because it’s not easy to talk about mental wellness, and here they are singing about it in rock musical and sharing what it means to them personally.

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“Next to Normal” runs Jan. 13-29 at Theatre in the Grove, 2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $14-16. Opening night includes a cash wine bar and meet and greet with cast. More info:


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