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Next to Normal Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Brian Yorkey
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Topics for Discussion

Discuss ways in which irony (i.e. characters saying one thing when the audience knows the truth is something else) is used to particular effect throughout the musical. Consider not only the text, but what is known of the music. What are some examples of musical irony (i.e. the quality/type of music ironically juxtaposed with the dramatic moment in which the music is utilized)?

Research and discuss case histories of people suffering with mental illness. What aspects of their experience do you see in the actions and reactions of the characters, not just of Diana but also her family?

Examine the summaries of the various scenes for examples of how events, feelings, themes and/or ideas in one scene, character or relationship, have echoes, ironic or genuine, in a simultaneous or parallel scene, character or relationship.

Debate Dan's actions in Act 2 as he tries to...

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