The Normal Child

theatre · the open fist · Ages 16+ · United States

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PAULINE ADAMEK artsbeat la certified reviewer June 21, 2011
The Normal Child. This review first appeared on 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... full review