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click to enlarge Gilbert Domally, Colette Todd, and Donterrio Johnson

Gilbert Domally, Colette Todd, and Donterrio Johnson

Amy Boyle

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 9 2016
Price: $27-$30
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Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 rock musical receives a breathtaking production from BoHo Theatre under the keen-eyed, precisely nuanced direction of Linda Fortunato. Anchored by a grippingly honest lead performance from Colette Todd, the show chronicles suburban housewife Diana Goodman's battle with suicidal depression, a 16-year struggle triggered by the death of her son. As Diana explores talk therapy, drugs, and even electroshock treatment, Yorkey and Kitt examine the impact Diana's situation has on her family life. The superb supporting cast includes Donterrio Johnson as Diana's husband, Ciera Dawn as their teenage daughter, Bradley Atkinson as the girl's boyfriend, Peter Robel as Diana's doctor, and Gilbert Domally as the dead son, who appears throughout the story as a hallucination, clinging to life through Diana's grief-driven delusions. The offstage band led by keyboardist Ellen K. Morris delivers Kitt's driving rock score crisply and powerfully, but never obscures the all-important libretto, which conveys a complex narrative with depth and clarity. This is a often painful, sometimes darkly funny, and relentlessly truthful work—musical drama at its very finest. —Albert Williams

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