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  • Can we remake our familiar, increasingly offensive myths into something maybe a bit more luminous and true? Maybe a screenplay where the superhero is not transformed from an innocent bystander into a thick-necked frat boy multibillionaire with a fetish for rubber, hammers, and nonstop ultra violence?
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  • 'Next to Normal' tries to paint authentic picture of mental illness
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Mark Morford, San Francisco Gate | CA

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Hey, I have an idea! Instead of a movie about, say, a wretched middle-aged letch who poses on Facebook as a hunky teen stud so as to befriend, seduce and subsequently ruin the life of a pretty 14-year-old white girl from the suburbs, one whose parents just so happen to be Clive Owen and Catherine Keener who both appear to be ridiculously panicky and distressed throughout much of the movie ...

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How about we make a movie about, say, the countless ignitions and romances, love notes and marriages, wedding photos and baby pictures, evolutions and even revolutions currently flooding all over those same networks like sticky fire in the veins of our jaded and bitter god?

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'Next to Normal' tries to paint authentic picture of mental illness, Misha Berson, Seattle Times | WA
"Next to Normal," the musical that originated locally and turned into an award-winning Broadway hit, is making a tour stop at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The show's portrayal of a woman with bipolar disease shows how far movies and plays have come in the treatment of such characters.