The Boys Next Door

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The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ...
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Overview

The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
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Editorial Reviews

BackStage
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR is one of the most unusual...and one of the most rewarding plays in town.
NY Daily News
Griffin's play hits squarely on the truth of life with its constant interplays and shadings of triumphs and tears.
NY Times
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR moves the audience to an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822201434
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 83
  • Sales rank: 515,780
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Absolutely Powerful It opens ups peoples minds and gives a grea

    Absolutely Powerful
    It opens ups peoples minds and gives a great message it is truely worth reading. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    Emotional Rollercoaster

    I first read this play in high school and loved it. Now in college, I chose it to be my senior directing project. The way the play goes through so many different emotions just to reach that one central theme is elloquent. It teaches a lesson that mentally handicapped people do have rights and thoughts just like everyone else. The play has a wonderful balance of humor and seriousness that wraps you into the story and makes you feel like you are inside the daily lives of these characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    Humor and tragedy

    At one moment I was laughing until it hurt, the next I felt sympathy towards the characters. Greatly written, it not only explores the problems with the mentally chanlenged, it shows that they have the same hopes, desires, and dreams as the rest of us.

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