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Dramatic comedy plays limited run at Curtain Call

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Two grown men living in a group home share a moment of concern when another resident walks out - briefly - in Curtain Call's production of The Boys Next Door, playing in The Dressing Room Theatre, February 22 through March 4. Seen here in rehearsal are, (L-R) Brian Bianco and Paulo Araujo. (contributed photo)
A wonderful combination of laughter and heart, The Boys Next Door is about four intellectually disabled men living with their social worker in a group home. Curtain Call’s production will play for two weeks in The Dressing Room Theatre, Stamford, February 22 through March 4.

An Off-Broadway success written by Tom Griffin, The Boys Next Door focuses on the lives of these four men living under the watchful eye of the sincere, but increasingly despairing, social worker, Jack. The four residents are: Norman, who works at a donut shop and has a thing for keys; Barry, who thinks he is a golf pro and doesn’t communicate well with his father; Arnold, who is into all things Russian and has a habit of spending money; and Lucien, who is into Spider Man and must testify before the state senate. Jack wants to help them, but he also thinks it is time to move on with his life. The hard part is trying to say goodbye to the guys he cares about.

The playwright created characters who maintain their dignity and humanity in their neighborhood and world in which they exist. Through humor and pathos, the audience learns about the memorable moments and monumental changes in their lives.

“I became a huge fan of this play when I first saw it nearly 30 years ago,” said Curtain Call executive director and producer, Lou Ursone. “It can be absolutely hysterical one minute and tear at your heart in another,” he added.

Making his directing debut at Curtain Call is Mat Young. Young appeared in Curtain Call’s production of Beau Jest in 2014 and has been acting and directing throughout Fairfield County for many years. “I’ve wanted to work with Mat for a while now, so I’m thrilled that this opportunity came up…he’s done a spectacular job with this production,” Ursone said.

The cast includes: BARRY - Paulo Araujo, NORMAN - Brian Bianco, JACK Grady Dennis, MRS WARREN - Andrea Garmun, LUCIEN - Brendan Garnett, MR HEDGES - Peter Haynes, SHEILA - Betty McCready, MR KLEMPER - Paul Naclerio and ARNOLD - John Lino Ponzini. Production design is by Peter Barbieri, Jr. with costumes by Helen Adams.

The Boys Next Door will play in The Dressing Room Theatre from February 22 through March 4, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 8:00 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Regular prices are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.50 for children. Thursday evenings – all seats $25. Doors open for seating one half hour before show time. Discounted Flex Passes reduce prices by up to 30%. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.

The remainder of Curtain Call's 27th season includes Annie, Mulberry Street, A Comedy of Tenors and Superman the Musical. Comedy nights, concerts and interactive murder mysteries are also on tap.

More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.

Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Plus Magazine and Stamford Magazine for 2008 through 2016. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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