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City Rep stages 'The Normal Heart'

The devastating impact of AIDS is examined in the City Rep production of “the Normal Heart.”
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: November 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

Michael Corolla as Mickey Marcus was no less intense, venting his frustration at the uncertainties of the AIDS crisis and being summoned back for a city meeting that gets canceled from vacation in Brazil.

Stacey Logan did a superb job of conveying the care and frustrations of a physician, a polio survivor in a wheelchair, who is dubbed “Doctor Death” for her unstinting commitment to her AIDS patients.

Brian Hamilton brought Southern, subversive humor to Tommy Boatwright, and Terry Veal was excellent as the New York mayor's gay aide, who suggests that anger may not be the best way to influence his boss.

Even more crucial was Michael Jones' low key but heartfelt portrayal of Weeks' straight, Jewish, lawyer brother, who resolves their differences and accepts him as an equal, in the play's cathartic final scene.

Exposing its characters' hearts in terms almost guaranteed to touch spectators' hearts, the R-rated City Rep version of the play, which won three Tony Awards for best revival in 2011, is highly recommended.

— John Brandenburg