FMCT Fires up February with ‘The Nerd’
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 09:02
After a bit of a New Year’s break, the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre lights up again with a February farce that should really warm up the winter. Premiering Friday, February 7 is Larry Shue’s “The Nerd,” a show that lets the laughs roll.
“I think [FMCT tries] to have lighthearted comedy at least once in the season every year, so last year was ‘Rumors’ and this year, it’s this,” director Lori Koenig said.
With a cast of seven and a set lined with doors, audience members have the key factors of a farce already in place for pure fun. In a story centered around an architect and the nerd who saved his life in Vietnam, “The Nerd” unfolds as its various characters cope with the eccentricities and awfulness of Rick, the nerd who came for dinner and overstayed his welcome.
Other characters such as the stereotypical “girl-next-door” and the sarcastic best friend play their roles as well. Filling these roles and others are several seasoned FMCT performers who have appeared more than a few times before, in productions like “The Dining Room,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Rumors,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the Silver Follies senior singing group.
In a show with a large amount of door-slamming and stage traffic, having FMCT vets like Kayla Rice, Jay Nelson, Jeff Rondeau, Chris Horsager and Nicole LeBlanc is all-important to a farce like this. Certain moments have to be met with success, timing and movements must be well coordinated, and laughs are a necessity. Its conclusion can be most important of all, the proverbial “cherry on top” of a stellar show.
“You’ve got to end up with a happy ending but I don’t really want to say much more than that because you’ve got a lot of important stuff with a farce, you want the audience to be surprised,” Koenig said.
At this time of year, “The Nerd” comes to drive away a recent theatre drought in the Fargo-Moorhead area, as the holiday season fairly froze the theatrical scene. Other companies around the area strike up once more this February, including downtown Fargo’s Theatre B, all three area colleges, Music-Theatre Fargo-Moorhead, and some area high schools.
“The Nerd” presents a couple of special opportunities to see it as it has performances on Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14 and Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 13. Potential attendees can see it on a date or to participate in a community charity event. Whatever the reasons for seeing “The Nerd,” director Koenig hopes to see many area residents at FMCT’s first play of 2014, but offers this singular warning to audiences: Watch out for flying cottage cheese.
“The Nerd” is presented at The Stage at Island Park at 333 4th Street South at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 7, 8 and 13-15. It will also be presented at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 16. Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $6 for children. Tickets are available at fmct.org, 701-235-6778 or at the box office 90 minutes prior to performances.