David Abram King

David Abram King’s Event Journal

The Normal Heart

Normal heart
Wednesday September 19, 2012 / 8:00pm
The Normal Heart
2 tickets
Mezzanine
415 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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I know this play well even owning a copy of the script, dog eared from frequent reading. The history of the show is outstanding and well drawn. The connections made to issues like fighting for marriage equality and health care as a right not a privilege to name a few, show how relevant this story still is today. Truly an inspiring ensemble cast piece that didn't disappoint. Matt McGrath as Felix Turner was excellent first drawing me in to care about Felix then tearing my heart out. Sean Dugan as Tommy Boatright shined delivering with flawless precision several memorable lines and moments with a perfect balance of comic and dramatic timing. Jordan Baker delivered as Dr. Emma Brookner a huge range of theatrical motion from a character bound by her circumstances and her paralysis. I did have some issues with the set and staging. The white on white statistical backdrop were to my taste a bit too subtle, hard to read, and not quite in your face enough to bolster the shows message. The blocking at times seemed two dimensional with a lot of walking from left to right and back again lacking textual motivation that I found distracting. All that said it is a very good production that could still use some directorial tweaking but is a worth while evenings entertainment; both thought provoking and sincere. Go see it.