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‘The Nerd’ appearing at Salem Community Theatre

April 19, 2013
Salem News

SALEM - The Salem Community Theatre is once again treating its audience to possibly one of the funniest plays ever written.

"The Nerd," written by Larry Shue, is back for a two weekend run from April 19-28.

Playing to packed houses in the 2007-08 season, "The Nerd" became the perfect choice to delight audiences and leave them rolling in the isles after an unforeseen and insurmountable production delay caused the cancellation of the musical "City of Angels," which was originally slated for that time slot.

"The Nerd," set in Terre Haute, Ind., follows the story of William Cubbert, who, aside from having relationship problems and designing a building that's past due, now is faced with the unexpected visit from a man who he's never seen before (but somehow saved his life in the war), a walking disaster on two legs, Rick Steadman.

A whiner with no manners, uncouth, and a complete human tsunami, Steadman moves in with William, and drives everyone in his life, including himself, to the brink of insanity.

From crashing their dinner party, to an impromptu game of "shoes and socks" played with paper bags over their heads, Steadman's is the ultimate houseguest from hell that will leave you laughing for more.

Dan Haueter reprises his role of the title character "The Nerd," Rick Steadman. Reviews previously called Haueter's portrayal of Rick Steadman "worth the price of admission alone," and "the funniest role Haueter has ever played."

Cast newcomer Ed Butch plays the beaten down architect William Cubbert, who tries to salvage his relationship with weather girl Tansy McGinnis, again played by Connie Baer, while keeping his house-guests from killing Steadman.

Karen Losito also is back, reprising her role as Clelia Waldgrave, the dish-breaking wife of "Ticky Waldgrave," a self-made millionaire in the business empire. Will Kinser plays the couple's young son "Thor," a juvenile delinquent in training. The trio forms a dysfunctional family worthy of a Dr. Phil episode.

Eric Kibler plays Axel Hammond, the wise cracking friend of William Cubbert's, and although new to this cast, is no stranger to the show itself, having directed it in the late eighties.

"The Nerd" played to packed houses in its last run, so calling in advance for tickets is advisable, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 330-332-9688. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. SCT's production of "The Nerd" is being sponsored by the Niki Feezle CF Explosion of Hope Foundation.

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