i was at the game. that description of the series of events is completely wrong.
the first pitch was not high over his head, it was at his head. as was the second pitch. Sanchez did not then start for the mound. the umpire did not warn anyone at any point. the pitch that hit him was on the shoulder. Sanchez tossed the bat, almost sidearm, out of frustration on to the field. it absolutely did not "sail over the pitcher's head". you can see in the video that it lands in front of the shortstop, nowhere near 2nd base. Sam H. Clauder II must be talking about a parallel universe.
As mentioned, the first 7 numbers allow the audience to believe Gabe is a living member of the family. And unless I'm mistaken, the fact that he died as an infant isn't revealed till the 4th to last song. That information is in your FIRST paragraph. Glad you don't think it detracts Bill, most people I've spoken to disagree adamantly, as do all but one of the reviewers found on the first page of Google hits for "next to normal review", most of whom actually imply that he is alive.
In M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, now in theaters, Haley Joel Osment sees dead people. The story follows his relationships with his mother the various apparitions he interacts with. Then there's Bruce Willis, a child psychologist who was actually dead the entire time.
So you should know going in that this is not exactly Anything Goes.
-a review by William Kowinski
I just can't get over this. Not knowing that Gabe died as a baby is half the dramatic interest of the show. Giving that away is colossally stupid. Zero understanding. Brain-dead.
The nature of Gabe's character is a MAJOR dramatic reveal. It isn't explained properly until the end of the 2nd act. The audience's initial confusion is fully intentional. This review gives it all away in the first paragraph, robbing audiences of one most compelling aspects of the musical. Truly embarrassing that this reviewer would fail to get that. If a movie critic included a spoiler of this magnitude, they'd get fired.
That said, it's very correct to say the production avoids the "raucous qualities" of a rock musical. It has indeed been transformed into a chamber musical, for better or worse.
he is a nut. trying to protect children from violence by fetishizing violent objects in front of them is fully insane.
thanks for helping us get to paris!
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