I'm working on this thing for indietheaternow.com and I'm reading some plays that I've heard about for years but never got a chance to see.
All too common in my parish; a show rockets out of nowhere, everyone's talking about it and three weeks later it's gone. And the company can't afford to move it to a larger space, the union won't let you transfer it to another 99 seat theater, you have to wait a year for a re-mount and by that time your creative team has moved on.
Which is why I missed The Adventures of Nervous-Boy back when.
And I count that now as one of my great regrets.
James Comtois, you well and truly rock. This is one of the best plays I've read in recent memory.
If my word is not enough for everyone reading this to click on the link up there and buy a copy of the play, here's a stage direction from about halfway through it:
(She collapses. GUY makes noise of dismissive disgust and exits. She's dead. As NERVOUS-BOY talks two...vampires? Demons? Whatever the fuck they are, they slither to GIRL's body and slide her offstage as they drink her blood.)
It's funny as hell and deeply disturbing and very, very true about what it says about living in Rat City and just being alive and young and getting older and not quite knowing why things don't seem to make sense to you like they seem to make sense to all the people you find yourself in the middle of all the time.
Just a great, great play.