Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ICCT Embraces Inner Nerd this Weekend

Iowa City - Iowa City Community Theatre (ICCT) proudly presents Larry Shue’s comic play The Nerd. The show will run the weekends of March 4th-6th and 11th-13th at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30, and Sunday matinees are at 2:00.

Shue is perhaps best remembered for his play The Foreigner, which ICCT produced two seasons ago. Like The Foreigner, The Nerd is a character-centered story whose quirky inhabitants find their otherwise normal lives turned topsy-turvy. Comedy ensues when they scramble to try and put things back the way they were. “It’s like an episode of Seinfeld,” said actor Ken Van Egdon, who plays Axel in ICCT’s production and also starred in the Foreigner production in 2009.

When the stranger who saved his life in Vietnam shows up on Willum Cubbert’s doorstep, joy turns to mortification when the mysterious Rick Steadman turns out to have as much tact and social sense as a sawed-off shotgun. He is the proverbial and titular Nerd. Cubbert is willing to try anything to escape Steadman’s acquaintance with his social life intact, and very nearly does.

Director Rachel Brown is enjoying every minute of bringing this play to the stage. “I have a cast any director would kill for,” she said. “They work hard, they know their stuff, and above all they are hilarious. One night during rehearsal I was laughing so hard, I had tears running down my face and my cast actually stopped what they were doing and asked if I was okay.”

For ticket information, call (319) 330-0443.

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