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Finally, we come to Thor. But he is extraordinarily memorable nonetheless. Two of his plays, “The Nerd” and “The Foreigner” are the gold standard in theatrical belly laughs. While she has plenty of stage time, she rarely gets to use it.

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Languages Deutsch Edit links. May 06, Andrea rated it liked it. A villain I be, and a villain I’ll stay. While Willum is hosting a dinner party for his client Warnock Waldgrave, for whom he is designing a hotelRick shows up.

Mostly male cast Includes adult, child characters. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a shus “nerd,” a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence, and even less tact.

Tansy is the first and most important female character in the show. Willum is a successful young architect who won’t commit to his girlfriend as much as his career, and so she’s about to move on.


There are some very funny sets. Nice twist at the end. Perhaps this is caused in part by a last-minute cast replacement.

The New York Times. And isn’t that a good enough reason to want to role? I found myself tripping over the character names in addition to feeling like the exposition was dropped on me like a ton of bricks.

Trivia About The Nerd. Plays are best seen rather than The story is a little dated, now, but a lot of scenes are still very dramatic.

Kemp, playing the nerd, drives Willum almost to comical violence as he becomes increasingly impossible to live with. Saturdays and 3 and 7 p. When Willum has a surprise birthday party from Axel and Tansy, he tells Tansy and Axel that he owes his life to Rick Steadman, who was himself badly injured when he found Willum injured in Vietnam, and Rick pulled Willum to safety. 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,” so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party.

Tony Winners Manuscripts Special Collections. In the production, the action diverged from the play in places, such as Robert Joy as Rick squawking like a chicken when the guests at Willum’s party begin to eat deviled eggs and, later, spraying Redi-Whip into his mouth. As the party is about to start, the trio discover that Rick is on his way for a visit.


Rick is a terrible house-guest. Disch gave a mixed review of a performance, saying that the play “has whole half-hours that border on the moronic,” yet it “racks up more laughs, and louder, than any farce this side of Alan Ayckbourn. A role which requires prodigious vocal abilities vocalists are needed in plays, too, not just musicals. She is similar to Larrry in Far From Heaven. Jan 17, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rick decides to move in, and Willum feels that he can’t say no, even when Rick begins to destroy his professional relationship with Mr.

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The Nerd by Larry Shue

She mostly prances between the room and the kitchen, serving almost as a maid. Gain full access to show guides, character breakdowns, auditions, monologues and more! Anyway, The world lost a great comedic voice when Larry Shue died in a plane crash back in the eighties.

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