"The Boys Next Door" by Tom Griffin.
"The Boys Next Door" was written in the early 1980s by Tom Griffin. Originally titled, Damaged Hearts, Broken Flowers, the play was fortunately renamed and revised for a 1987 production at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. The Boys Next Door is a two-act comedy-drama about four intellectually disabled men who live together in a small apartment - and Jack, the caring social worker who is on the verge of career burn-out.
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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