The Normal Child.
This review first appeared on ArtsBeatLA.com.
Review by Pauline Adamek.
A homegrown product of the fine LA-based theatre company, Open Fist, Philip Brocks’ play The Normal Child is an intriguing one.
As you enter the space, you are confronted by a startling sight – a woman sitting on a chair, each leg of the chair balanced upon the top of a whiskey flagon, each flagon precariously balanced upon a stack of books. Meanwhile, some ambient music by Brian Eno ethereally wafts through the dimly lit theatre, enhancing the surrealist spectacle.
Brocks’ two-hander play is set in rural Louisiana, with voices occasionally representing menacing Southern characters offstage. Brocks presents a dialogue between a habitu...