June 6, 2012 1:36 AM

Robert Trussell | ‘Next to Normal’ is a powerful piece of musical theater

The rock musical “Next to Normal,” which runs through Sunday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, offers us an utterly contemporary portrait of a middle-class family that might be unremarkable except for one problem — the mother’s ongoing psychic nightmare that takes a toll on each family member.

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