The Matthews’ community theater presents the comedy, “The Nerd,” written by Larry Shue. The event runs Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 8-11, 2018. “The Nerd” is directed by Joanna Mechaley. The Thursday-Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.
Feb. 15-18, 2018
Thurs.-Sat.: 7:30 p.m.
$10 for Subscribers
$5 for Youth and BHSU students
One of the funniest plays ever written, this extraordinarily inventive comedy was first presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 1981, then produced in Great Britain, then went on to Broadway. Larry Shue, the author, was already known for his comedy “The Foreigner,” but his promising career as an American playwright was cut short when he died in a commuter airplane crash at the age of 39. He left behind a small body of published work as well as two side-splitting comedies, “The Foreigner” and “The Nerd,” which continue to be a staple in community theater.
Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, “The Nerd” centers on the hilarious dilemma of Willum, a young architect, who is visited by Rick Steadman. Rick is a fellow ex-GI whom Willum has never met, but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you.”
Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his 34th birthday party. His delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd”—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence, and less tact. Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence—a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play.
“…the audience almost never stops laughing—handkerchiefs
wiping away tears of merriment…” —Variety.
“…a spring tonic of side-bruising laughter…” —The Milwaukee Tribune.
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