Foothill Theatre’s ‘The Nerd’ explores friendship, tolerance
Foothill Theatre Company on Friday opens “The Nerd,” which is the late Larry Shue’s best-known work, at the Nevada Theatre.
The early 1980s’ comedy is about successful architect Willum Cubbert, whose life turns topsy-turvy when a comrade from Vietnam becomes a house guest. The visit is a result of a promise Cubbert made more than a decade prior, when Rick Steadman rescued him after Cubbert was shot in the leg.
“As long as I’m alive, you’ll have someone on this earth who will do anything for you. I mean it. Money? A place to stay? Anything,” Cubbert pledged to Steadman in Vietnam.
When Steadman drops in unexpectedly during Cubbert’s 34th birthday party, it’s time for Cubbert to make good on that promise. Soon, though, Cubbert discovers his Vietnam comrade to be a hopeless nerd with little social presence or smarts. Steadman quickly becomes a liability as he says and does the wrong things, especially around Cubbert’s clients. Cubbert and his friends behave strangely to drive Steadman away but Steadman matches them, quirk for quirk, until the play reaches a frenzied climax of bizarre behavior, just in time to make exactly the wrong impression on Cubbert’s biggest client.
Nancy Carlin directs Foothill Theatre Company Associate Artists Gary Wright and Carolyn Howarth, Sharon Winegar, Harold Smith, Jon Tracy and Justin Martindale.
The one “Pay-What-You-Can” benefit performance will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the local nonprofit FREED, which provides advocacy and assistance to individuals with disabilities.
KNOW AND GO:
WHAT: Foothill Theatre Company presents “The Nerd”
WHEN: Tonight through Oct. 31. Showtimes 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.
WHERE: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St., Nevada City
ADMISSION: $19 Thursdays and Sundays; $23 Fridays and Saturdays. $5 seats available for all performances. Discounts for seniors, children 6 to 12 years old, students and groups of 10 or more. Preview tonight is $12.
INFORMATION/TICKETS: 265-8587 or toll free (888) 730-8587, or order tickets online at http://www.foothilltheatre.org.
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Editor’s note: The following is the 2021 Valedictorian Address for Ghidotti High School, given by graduate Amina Federspiel-Otelea.