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11 Star Starred
The Kirk @ Theatre Row
Between 9th & 10th 410 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036
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“Provocative… honest, funny and compassionate.” —The New York Times
A Nervous Smile brings a fresh, honest perspective and a surprising amount of humor to the emotionally difficult subject.” —Louisville Courier-Journal


By John Belluso

Directed by Ike Schambelan

A Nervous Smile is the final, most powerful play by John Belluso, a wonderful playwright with a disability who passed away tragically more than two years ago, on the cusp of a promising career. In the play, the wealthy parents of a girl severely disabled with cerebral palsy are strained to the breaking point by the burden of caring for their daughter. With a friend whose son also has CP, they decide to leave the burden of their children and fly off to South America and Europe. The play presents the consequences of their actions in a taut, riveting, fierce yet funny 80 minutes.

A Nervous Smile premiered at the Humana Festival in Louisville and

TBTB presented John Belluso’s ‘The Rules Of Charity’ in the spring of 2007, which ‘The New York Times’ called ‘a dark, scalding play [in] a sharp New York premiere.’

Set and Lighting Design – Bert Scott

Stage Manager – Kimothy Cruse

Assistant Stage Manager – Brooke Elsinghorst


Melanie Boland, Pamela Sabaugh, Marilee Talkington, Nicholas Viselli

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