"The Nerd" a play you won't want to miss
WARSAW — Whether you are looking for a simple evening of entertainment, wanting an idea of how to handle that one awkward person in your life with seemingly no people skills or common sense, or seeking inspiration on how to support a dear friend in an anonymous manner, "The Nerd" is a play you won’t want to miss.
The Broadway play is now being offered until Aug. 10, at Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw.
Written around characters living in 1979 Terre Haute, Ind., the play surrounds a young architect freshly home from serving in the Vietnam War, William Cubbert.
With his two best friends at his side Cubbert is surprised by a visit from Rick Steadman – the soldier who saved his life after being injured in Vietnam.
Despite never before having met the man in person, the young architect welcomes into his life the hero who saved him.
Thus begins an evening of entertainment as the hero turns out to be a nerd in every way.
The visiting Steadman is not quick on the draw with thought and processing, and is unresponsive to hints he is given on behavior.
Not wanting to be disrespectful to the man who saved his life, Cubbert fights to keep himself interested and embracing his houseguest despite it severely grating on his every nerve.
Add to this two dear friends also fighting to accept the nerd, while continuing to work toward their own goals in life, and the mix brings much laughter as it plays out.
The local play features the talented young artists Matt Hill, Matthew Janisse, Rob Montgomery and Jennifer Dow.
"The Nerd" ran on Broadway for 441 performances beginning in 1987.
Then it starred Mark Hamill and was directed by Charles Nelson Reilly.
Tickets range from $16 to $34.
Discounts are available for college students and on designated performances for seniors.
For more information visit wagonwheeltheatre.org or call 574-267-8041.