THE NERD, by Larry ShueÂ with review by Blair Llewellyn
How far are you willing to go, and how much are you willing to stand, to do someone a favor? The answers to those questions form the riotous heart of the New Embassy's latest production of Larry Shue's smash comedy, 'The Nerd.'
Tom Shanklin is Rick Steadman, the nerd, who arrives unexpectedly at the home of an old Vietnam war buddy whose life he saved some years prior. Shanklin assumes a masterful, amusing control as he targets the inherent insincerity of being oblivious to insults, or lacking manners and sensibility. The friend he saves, and who owes him, is Willum Cubbert. Mark Ashby plays the friend, and infuses the pushover with such funny frustrations that it's a joy to watch him always at the end of his ...