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24th Apr '17 12:34:11 AM Trogdor
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** "I am the One" is sung by Dan after she insists that he doesn't know what it's like to live with her insanity. "I am the One (reprise)" shows that Dan [[spoiler: has been able to see Gabe for years and simply ignored him]].

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** "I am the One" is sung by Dan after she Diana insists that he doesn't know what it's like to live with her insanity. "I am the One (reprise)" shows that Dan [[spoiler: has been able to see Gabe for years and simply ignored him]].
17th Apr '17 11:40:40 PM Trogdor
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* FiveSecondForeshadowing: At the end of "It's Gonna Be Good", the table is set for four people - but Dan, Henry and Natalie are all seated, leaving no chair for either Gabe or Diana. A few seconds later, Natalie reveals that her brother Gabe [[spoiler:has been dead for years]].
9th Apr '17 1:24:26 AM CrazyLegs2
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* FlippingTheBird: Referenced in "Better Than Before":
-->"We saw the painted desert, the Grand Canyon, and Aunt Rhonda/And Nat learned what her middle finger meant."
16th Mar '17 12:54:50 PM Trogdor
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* NoAntagonist: The closest thing the show has to an antagonist is Gabe, but [[spoiler:Gabe has been dead for 16 years]], and Diana's insanity is the actual problem.



* OedipusComplex: the relationship between Gabe, Diana, and Dan; inverted as this trope doesn't affect Gabe's development as much as Diana's and Dan's

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* OedipusComplex: the The relationship between Gabe, Diana, and Dan; inverted as this trope doesn't affect Gabe's development as much as Diana's and Dan's
15th Mar '17 11:19:47 PM Trogdor
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* CallBack: In "Maybe (Next to Normal)", Diana says she is "dancing with death." This is subtle word play in reference to her [[spoiler:son's death]], as in all her previous dance metaphors, she is talking about Gabe. This is made more potent because he has previously led her to [[spoiler: attempt suicide]].

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In "Maybe (Next to Normal)", Diana says she is "dancing with death." This is subtle word play in reference to her [[spoiler:son's death]], as in all her previous dance metaphors, she is talking about Gabe. This is made more potent because he has previously led her to [[spoiler: attempt suicide]].


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** "I am the One" is sung by Dan after she insists that he doesn't know what it's like to live with her insanity. "I am the One (reprise)" shows that Dan [[spoiler: has been able to see Gabe for years and simply ignored him]].
27th Jan '17 3:14:43 PM Sheepeditor
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* TheReveal: In Act 1, it's that[[spoiler: Gabe is a hallucination in Diana's mind.]]
** And in Act 2, it's that [[spoiler: he's ''not'' just in Diana's mind Dan has always been able to see him, too, but has been trying to ignore him for ''sixteen years''.]]
24th Jul '16 2:42:11 PM CapDac
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* SirSwearsALot: Most of the characters swear occasionally, but Natalie uses curse words almost as punctuation.
17th May '16 1:52:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* WhatTheHellDad: Natalie when Dan smashes Diana's music box when he will not [[spoiler: name Gabe to Diana]].



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4th Jan '16 2:36:56 PM nombretomado
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** "[[TheSoundOfMusic These are a few of my favorite pills...]]"

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** "[[TheSoundOfMusic "[[Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic These are a few of my favorite pills...]]"
2nd Oct '15 5:26:47 PM theknack101
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* EpiphanyTherapy: Averted. Even though Dan [[spoiler:seems to come to terms with the loss of his son at the end, he is not suddenly all fine. In fact, its only after this that he even begins going to therapy.]]
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