Next to Normal
Music by Tom Kitt
Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics, including The LA Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart.
An emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
Audience advisory: strong language.
November 8-10, 15-17*, 22-24, 2018
Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van
by Mary Lynn Dobson
Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van welcomes you to another season at the Neighbourhood Actors Summerfun Repertory Theatre, a friendly playhouse where, due to a lack of wing space, the company spends their downtime in the parking lot around an aging hippie/now turned techie’s van.
A stressed-out artistic director, a wanna-be diva who’s realizing her ingénue expiration date has just about passed, a board member’s nephew vying to direct the musicals with a Tarrentino spin and the “I’m no chorus boy” chorus boy who thinks every show should have a kick line – are just some of the egos and obstacles that fall into the lap of Mike, a nice-guy director who ends up with far more than he bargained for. In the end, somehow, some way, the show must go on... just not always as planned.
Anyone who’s ever seen a show may know these people. Anyone who’s ever done a show may be these people.
February 7-9, 14-16*, 21-23, 2019
Murder in the First
by Dan Gorden
Murder in the First is an adaptation of the 1995 major motion picture of the same title.
In 1941, Alcatraz prisoner Willie Moore stands trial for the violent murder of a fellow inmate. In what at first appears to be an open-and-shut case, a bold young lawyer intervenes with the claim that Moore cannot be held responsible for his actions due to the brutality visited upon him during three years of solitary confinement.
Inspired by an actual event, Murder in the First is a gripping courtroom drama that exposes an undercurrent of injustice and hypocrisy throughout the federal justice system.
This emotional story is making its Canadian premiere at Whitby Courthouse Theatre!
April 11-13, 18-20*, 25-27, 2019