Music - This element in "Next to Normal" illustrates and defines the characters' feelings and is an expression of their subtext, their inner life, their desires, passions and fears.
Bipolar Disorder - This is the name given to the mental illness in which the sufferer swings unpredictably between deep, debilitating depression and intense hyperactivity.
Anti-Depressant Drugs - Early in the narrative a doctor experiments with these treatments in an effort to determine which combination will help Diana navigate her illness.
Diana's Sandwiches - At the beginning of the musical, the protagonist, who is on the hyperactive side of the bipolar swing, makes stacks of these objects.
The House - This location is the setting for several important scenes, and is, for Diana, at different times either a refuge or a trigger for her suffering.
Dr. Madden's Office - Several times over the course of the narrative, Diana...
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