The Boys Next Door Author:Tom Griffin A touching comedy that tugs at the heart, The Boys Next Door is a play actors will want to perform and playwrights will wish they'd written! Honest, original, poignant and refreshingly funny, it tells the story of a compassionate young man whose job is to monitor the daily lives of four retarded men living together as outpatients. The men have v... more »arious degrees of genetic deficiencies...from patterns of ongoing childishness to complicated wounds that could easily be their own.
There's good-natured Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and cheerfully consumes all the day's broken rejects...mentally marginal Arnold, a fuss-pot worrier with a passion for non sequiturs ("Loose lips sink ships" is a favorite)...deeply retarded Lucien, who almost had his state benefits taken away until he appeared before a Senate committee singing "The Alphabet Song"...and lastly, Barry, a schizophrenic who fancies himself a golf pro and advertises lessons at a dollar thirteen an hour. With humor born of human frailty, Tom Griffin's play is "extraordinary in what it sets out to do, then accomplishes." --Kevin Kelly, Boston Globe« less