THE BOYS NEXT DOOR
by Tom Griffin
Presented through special arrangement with
DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE INC.
Directed by Dustin Lavine
DATES: March 24 & 26, 2019 @ 7 p.m.
SHOW DATES: May 3-5, 10-13 & 17-19, 2019
* Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in early April. *
ABOUT THE SHOW
In a communal residence in New England, four mentally challenged men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. There’s Norman, who works in a doughnut shop, who is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, and takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist . . . Lucien P. Smith, who has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about . . . Arnold, the ringleader of the group, who is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, but who also suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex . . . and Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who fantasizes that he is a golf pro, yet who is also devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father.
Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the differently abled, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time we are allotted on this earth.
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