The Nerd: Zany Farce at Altarena Playhouse
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Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest-running musical revue. Since 1974, this San Francisco institution has followed Snow White on a musical comedy quest around the world, where she runs into satirically portrayed pop culture and political celebrities, an impressive array of gigantic hats and one show-stopping musical number after another. Because the show is constantly updated with new costumes, hats and characters, it rewards repeat visits. Among the familiar faces you might see spoofed in Beach Blanket's latest incarnation: Lady Gaga, Barack and Michelle Obama, the cast of Glee, Kate Middleton and Adele. Even after nearly 40 years, Beach Blanket Babylon remains one of San Francisco's wildest evenings of live entertainment. Learn More
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I saw the opening night show. I really wanted to laugh more than I did. The play did not come alive until the other characters showed up - the young boy, his parents, and then the nerd. The second half was better than the first. I am not certain if there is something missing from the acting or from the play itself. The nerd reminded me of someone with special needs so perhaps that is why I did not laugh as much as others in the audience. Most of the people seemed to be enjoying it. I left wanting more. This is still one of my favorite venues and small theater groups though.
Widely considered one of the funniest plays ever written, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by a man he’s never met but who saved his life in Vietnam. The visitor turns out to be a socially inept, hopelessly stupid “nerd” who overstays his welcome with a vengeance. Director Richard Robert Bunker directed Altarena’s production of Shue’s The Foreigner in 2006,