An Intimate If Uneven ‘Next to Normal’ at Cal Rep

Cal Rep’s current production of Next to Normal offers a unique look at this work, with the imaginative staging, unconventional casting, and boldness of vision. Yet for all of this current production’s inventiveness, there is also a sense of unevenness on display here that doesn’t sink the ship by any means, but makes it take on more water than necessary.

”S Wonderful’ at Musical Theatre West ‘S Horrible

Mounted by Musical Theater West as the second-to-last show of their 61st (!) season, ‘S Wonderful attempts to give a long list of classic, beautiful Gershwin songs a new home. Unfortunately, that new home is more suited for assisted living than anything inspired or in alignment with the great songs that serve as this new “musical”’s source material.