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The Boys Next Door

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  137 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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. S ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Dramatists Play Service (first published October 1st 1988)
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Dec 16, 2015 Noelle rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about it, to be quite honest. At first I hated it, but as I read it I started to be moved by it. It's an interesting look into the lives of people with disabilities. And it was sort of painful to see the difficulties. I think it would be good for people to see and maybe it would bring some empathy to the audience.

However, I read this as part of a play reading committee for a local community theatre. My main concern for this specific theatre is the sets. They aren't elabo
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May 10, 2015 Alex Curry rated it it was amazing
This play might very well be what started my path towards a life of theatre. One if my favorites. Powerful. I hold this work in very high regard.
Jan 10, 2016 Jeff rated it liked it
A sweetly moving play about four mentally-handicapped men and their case-worker. I love it's modestly an unassuming gentleness, all while being very funny.
Jan 21, 2012 Dylan rated it it was ok
I read this primarily because I'm working on set design for it this spring. Nothing profound and wasn't my favorite, but it had good parts. Griffin does a good job portraying five mentally handicapped characters without being offensive; rather sweet.
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I absolutely loved reading this play in class!
Nov 05, 2011 William rated it it was amazing
Have read the play and seen the Hallmark production. Enjoyed both in their own right. Looking forward to fleshing out on the stage. Seeing the characters in the play come to life was a joy and I found new pleasure in it each time.
Nov 22, 2012 Carmen rated it it was amazing
An AMAZING play... wish it had more parts for women!! Love it!!
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