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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. Shue provides some bright one-liners,” the play reminded him of “the cartoon world of Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon. Dec 22, Neil rated it it was amazing.

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 parry of his thirty-fourth birthday party. A villain I be, and a villain I’ll stay. Axel is a smart aleck drama critic who was once engaged, briefly, to Tansy.


What with his screaming and running and other antics, Thor is sure to be a crowd favorite. Gain full access to show guides, character breakdowns, auditions, monologues and more!

Funny, would probably be entertaining on the stage. Perhaps this is caused in part by a last-minute cast replacement. Kemp has also, in the character of a man named Red Graham, been leaving phone messages for Willum, asking him to build a housing estate in Alexandria, Virginia ; Axel points out to Willum that this is very close to Washington, D.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. The version of the book I read has a few pictures from the productions of the play.

Anyway, The world lost a great comedic voice when Larry Shue died in a plane crash back in the eighties.

Resources Author Bios Book Club! Preview — The Nerd by Larry Shue. Very, very funny play! A play that is funny even when read and I’m certain down-right hysterical when seenand one that affords each actor a chance to shine, even if it is for mere moments.

Mar 06, Stephanie Griffin rated it really liked it. The play’s humor, although funny, in its shhe it is uncomfortable. Jan 17, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 31, Joe rated it it was amazing.

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Even though the context of the rhe was uncomfortable, I was laughing out loud quite a bit while reading. Sjue is alone in the room and calls Kemp to say, “I think we did it, babe But he is extraordinarily memorable nonetheless. His awkward manner and inappropriate behavior throw the occasion into shambles. See 1 question about The Nerd…. Tuesdays through Fridays, 6 and 9: Thor is on stage for maybe a total of five minutes, if that.

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While she has plenty of stage time, she rarely gets to use it. Men Women Total Cast. Enough about the plot. May 06, Andrea rated it liked it. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you syue 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.

When Willum has a surprise birthday party from Axel and Tansy, he tells Tansy and Axel that he owes his life to Rick Fhe, who was himself badly injured when he found Willum injured in Vietnam, and Rick pulled Willum to safety. To ask other readers questions about The Nerdplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What was the purpose of playing this prank on Willem? It made me laugh out loud many times, chuckle frequently, and I smiled almost the entire time.

I got my hands on a copy and cried due to laughing so hard. I think a hundred percent. The other is the end of the second act where he quietly rages to Rick.

I want to direct it.

The first is near the end of the first act, when he breaks down momentarily in paternal emotion. Fast forward several years to my theater class and I find this play hilarious!