Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Boys Next Door"

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"The Boys Next Door"

Reviewed by Tom Wachtell

"The Boys Next Door"

by Tom Griffin
directed by Corey Jackson


Jack: Jeff Harig
Arnold:Mike Wood
Barry:Solomon Sheena
James Laing
Norman:Matt Cogswell
Sheila:Janine Gauntt
Mr. Klemper:Mike Lague
Mrs. Warren/Mrs. Fremus/Clara:Charlene Winslow
Mr. Hedges/Mr. Corbin/Senator Clarke:Brian Schimpf

The Subury Savoyards have outdone themselves this summer with their presentation of Tom Griffin's The Boy Next Door. If your interested in experiencing Theatre where the characters "become" the people they are playing. Then this show is a MUST SEE.

This is a touching, and endearing comedy that focuses on the lives of 4 mentally challenged men who live in an apartment in the community after having spent many years in institutions. While the circumstances do not strike one as being the greatest subject matter for a comedy, the Playright, Director and Actors have all managed to capture the warmth, charm, and good humor that these men bring to the challenges they face dealing with everyday life.

The show is so well directed and performed that you feel you are in these mens apartment - not watching a staged performance. The performers are respectful of the people they are portraying without ever being patronizing. The play is not without its touching and poignant moments. You often feel the frustrations of the men trying to cope, and the sense of resignation of the Social Worker whose job is to keep the men on an even a keel as possible. And you truly feel the pain of one of the men who is unable to handle the emotional abuse and indignation of a father who could never accept him.

Bravo to Corey Jackson - for his stellar debut as Director
Bravo to the performers for an outstanding job. and
Bravo to Sudbury Savoyards for selecting a show that makes us think and feel.

Here are the remaining performances
Friday, July 23 at 8pm
Saturday, July 24 at 8pm
Sunday, July 25 at 2pm
Friday, July 30 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 31 at 8 pm

Don't miss it!!!!
Don't let this show go unseen.
Tom Wachtell

"The Boys Next Door" (16 - 31 July)
Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, SUDBURY, MA
1 (978)443-8811

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