Tuesday, January 18, 2022

reviews - NEXT TO NORMAL - Scottsdale Community Players

Caleb Reese, Stephanie Likes, and Casey Likes
photo by Laura Durant

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)
"It's not often that you get a local mother and son performing in a show together in town, let alone a pair that includes one actor who has appeared in a Broadway show and the other in a pre-Broadway tryout of a musical, but the powerhouse duo of Stephanie Likes and her son Casey Likes are appearing in a very impressive production of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Next to Normal. This Scottsdale Community Players production also features four other exceptional actors, spotless direction, a simple but effective set design, and splendid music direction."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"Scottsdale Community Players in conjunction with The Pmvproductions secured a sharp cast of locally connected performers who have embarked on extensive professional careers but returned to play just two weekends of the show.  The resulting production, while not a threat to the original, is impressive and provides a worthwhile opportunity to see this rarely produced masterpiece.  The six-person cast create extremely complex characters with believable sensitivity. Especially strong is Stephanie Likes’ Diana, the troubled central character who battles bipolar emotions as she tries to find a successful solution to her diagnoses that doesn’t include side-effect-plagued medicinal treatments. ."  -Chris Curcio, Curtain Up Phoenix (click here to read the complete review)

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