"THE NORMAL CHILD, Philip William Brock's searing one-act Southern Gothic family drama at the Open Fist, blew us away from the moment we walked into the theater and saw Amanda Weier perched several feet above stage level on a precarious-looking chair with a noose around her neck. Rob Nagle is exceptionally good as the Louisiana exile who returns to the unhappy homestead of his youth to save his sister from her family and herself. In a good and just world, this production would continue to live on somewhere even after its three remaining weekend matinee performances in the current Fringe."
"Normalcy has gradations, particularly in the siblings of writer-director Phillip William Brock's one-act. Claire (Amanda Weier) has confined herself in the bedroom of her childhood home, perched on a chair, which is balanced on four magnums of whiskey, which teeter on four stacks of books, which puts her neck in reach of a noose. In this highly metaphoric work, her brother Terrance (Rob Nagle) visits--either in her mind or in reality--to urge her out of her room, either via his waiting car or via her ability to fly. The work presumably indicts parental cruelty, but its strong points are its poetry and the actors' lyricism."