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The Boys Next Door
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Tom Griffin

COMPANY : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 2673

SHOWING : February 08, 2008 - February 24, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

An Off-Broadway success, this very funny yet very touching play focuses on the lives of mentally challenged men, who live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere, but increasingly despairing, social worker.


The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasing "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a donut shop and is unable to resist the lure of sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P Smith has the mind of a five-year old, but imagines that his is able to read and comprehend the weighty books that he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four men, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time which they, like their more fortunate bothers, are allotted on this earth.


"THE BOYS NEXT DOOR moves the audience to an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted" -NY Times.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jamie Fambrough
costumes/back stage Stephanie Sartain
Norman Bulanski Justin Gilstrap
Jack Justin Green
Mr Hedges, Mr Corbin, Senator Clarke Gary Heffelfinger
Mr. Klemper Noah Reichert
Mrs. Fremus, Clara, Mrs Warren Lucy Simpson
Lucien P. Smith Andrew Snider
Barry Klemper Daniel Tracy
Sheila Rebekah Williams
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REVIEWS

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Worth the drive
by g8grrl
Monday, February 11, 2008
4.5
This is a troubling play. And it makes you think. And for this reason alone I think this play is excellent. At first I liked it, then I didn't, and then I couldn't stop thinking about all weekend. Isn't this what art is all about?

The humor of the script and the numerous gags of the cast and director cannot hide the underlyin g darkness and sadness of the characters. The Boys Next Door is about the emotionally and mentally disabled, and although there is no clean resolution at the end, it doesn't ever sugar coat the subject matter.

The acting is real good. None of the leading actors stand out above the others, but together the actors work as a strong ensemble. With the supporting cast, I was most impressed with Barry's father. This actor sent chill bumps down my spine.

There are two bigtime musicals I can't wait to see this month. But this little show maybe jsut as good, if not better. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it makes you reflect on humanity. The Holly theater is a long trip up Georgia 400. Who cares? Its worth every last mile driving up north Georgia to see this show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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