T.O.’s turn to stage hard-hitting musical

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Next to Normal’


THERAPY—Diana (Michelle Lane) struggles with mental illness as her son, Gabe (Landen Starkman) watches in “Next to Normal.” Courtesy of Paul CranmerTwo months ago, we reviewed the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Next to Normal.” This month, Panic Productions is giving the show its Thousand Oaks debut and it’s interesting to note the differences and similarities between the productions.
Panic director Corey Lynn Howel, for example, has chosen ...

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