Reviewer Jeff DeBell had a lot of great things to say about Little Town Players’ “The Nerd,” especially delighting in performances by Jamie Watson and Brian Lee. Did you see it? What did you think?
Theater review: ‘Nerd’ smartly done by Bedford’s Little Town Players
By Jeff DeBell
Bedford’s Little Town Players wind up their 36th anniversary season this weekend with Larry Shue’s “The Nerd.” The show will make you laugh, it will surprise you and it will make you feel pretty darn good about the potential of human kindness.
All that, and a couple of outstanding performances as well.
The play is set in the apartment of 30-something architect Willum Cubbert in Terre Haute, Ind. It’s his birthday but Willum isn’t feeling celebratory. His girlfriend is leaving town and his principal client is a demanding, unimaginative jackass.
Things seem about to take a turn for the better when Willum gets word that Rick Steadman is in town. Rick saved Willum’s life in Vietnam. Oddly, Willum has never laid eyes on his rescuer. He passed out before Rick dragged him from the line of fire in Vietnam and didn’t awaken until much later in a faraway hospital. But he promised in subsequent correspondence to be there if Rick ever needed help of any kind.
It looks like Willum will at last be able to deliver on his promise. Rick has nowhere to live, having been not-so-subtly encouraged to vacate his brother’s home in Wisconsin.
But from the moment he arrives in Terre Haute, Rick shows himself to be oblivious to social conventions and hopelessly insensitive to the feelings of others. His brother’s action makes perfect sense; Rick Steadman is a clod, a nerd times 10.