“The Nerd” offers laughs, story storyline

JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Lori Van Wallandael, Edward Whitney, Andy Abramson and Josh Wainright during a scene from the upcoming Piedmont Players Theater production of ‘The Nerd.’
JON C. LAKEY / SALISBURY POST Lori Van Wallandael, Edward Whitney, Andy Abramson and Josh Wainright during a scene from the upcoming Piedmont Players Theater production of ‘The Nerd.’

Expect to laugh during Piedmont Players Theatre’s production of Larry Shue’s “The Nerd.”

Details

Details

Who: Piedmont Players Theatre

What: “The Nerd:

When: 7:30 p.m. July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3; 2:30 p.m. July 28

Where: Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St., Salisbury

Box office: Open now. Tickets are available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in person and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by calling 704-633-5471

Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors


“It’s traditionally considered one of the funniest plays written in the past 25 or 30 years,” Director Reid Leonard said.


Leonard said Piedmont Players performed Shue’s “hysterically funny” play “The Foreigner” several years ago.

“These are the only two plays he ever wrote because he died in a plane crash,” he said.

“The Nerd” centers on architect Willum Cubbert, played by Edward Whitney, who is drafted into the Korean War and then gets shot on his first day of service.

Leonard said Cubbert is saved by a man named Rick Steadman, played by Andy Abramson, who he never meets.

Cubbert invites Steadman to drop by if he’s ever around and he does just that.

“He’s a nerd, he’s an idiot,” Leonard said. “And as they say, hilarity ensues.

“It’s just silly fun, every now and then you just need to laugh.”

Josh Wainwright, who plays Axel Hammond, said the humor is not “intelligent, over the head comedy.”

“In the end you go ‘Wow,’” he said. “It’s a really neat story.”

Whitney said at its core “The Nerd” is about identifying what you want out of life.

“It’s a quick comedy with lots of lovable characters and lots of great punchlines,” he said.

Abramson has a unique perspective on the play. His 8-year-old daughter, Miles, is one of the seven cast members.

“It’s been a very rewarding experience being able to do this with my daughter,” he said. ‘It will be something we remember forever.

“It’s a unique way to bond and we’re both doing something we love.”

Miles, a rising third-grader at Faith Elementary, plays Thor.

“One thing I can say is Thor is a big monster child,” she said. “I like yelling and that’s pretty much all Thor does.

“It’s been fun to fit into the character.”

“The Nerd” opens at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 25 and runs through August 3.

Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.

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