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CHS production of The Boys Next Door plays this weekend

Tickets are on sale for Claremont High School Theater’s production of The Boys Next Door, which plays Friday, March 8. The show, at the Don F. Fruechte Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1601 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, opens at 7:30 p.m., and repeats Saturday March 9 through 10. Presale tickets are $10, and are available at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or (909) 624-9053, extension 30463. Tickets at the door, if available, are $12.

The Boys Next Door is about four intellectually disabled men living under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly burned out social worker named Jack. Norman is unable to resist the lure of sweet pastries, and 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’s 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 we are reminded that people with disabilities, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose.

More info is at chstheatre.cusd.claremont.edu or (909) 624-9053, extension 30463.