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Arts & Entertainment - January 25, 2013

The big change

Sensitive treatment of a tough topic in Players' 'Looking for Normal'

by Karla Kane

Palo Alto Players tackles the big change that rocks a family to its core in an excellent production of Jane Anderson's "Looking for Normal."

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Posted by Rick, a resident of another community
on Jan 26, 2013 at 12:38 am

I agree... Honestly, I didn't expect to be so moved by this excellent play. If you can attend on Sat. night 1/26/13 - the playwright Jane Anderson will join the cast for a post-show talkback. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT... in fact, I'm seriously thinking of going again. Very strong performances, deft direction and good writing with a good dose of humor, intellect and drama make this show an inspiring, poignant and thoroughly entertaining evening. The play and characters get increasingly interesting as the drama unfolds. I once met a person who explained to me exactly why they felt they needed a gender re-assignment and this play captured this dilemma spot on - and the pain such a decision causes a family. It doesn't matter what your gender, sexual orientation or beliefs are, this play will make you laugh, shed a tear and empathize with all the characters. SEE IT and I believe you will be changed for the better! The only real critique I could offer was that I'm not convinced that the decision not to include any music to set the mood was the best one... I think it made the sounds of the actors getting into place between scenes a little odd and at least in the very beginning might have drawn the audience in a little faster...