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Jan 16 2005
Kevin Johnson | Talkin'

Palm Beach Dramaworks is celebrating the mentally impaired in their stellar production of The Boys Next Door. Tom Griffin’s script about 4 young men trying to get through life with handicaps gives off a resonance that the more coherent should understand: all people, despite their shortcomings, are still created equal. Coming off an acclaimed production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, guest director J. Barry Lewis has assigned talent who are not only capable of handling Griffin’s opus, but who breathe a new excitement into the work. Michael Collins radiates as Arnold, the more anxious of the quad. Collins installs in Arnold a sense of pride as the organizer of the crew. Collins commits to the role without being stereotypical. Jason Quinn's Norman gets high praise as well. His take on the key keeper is hilarious... The real standout is Brandon Morris’ portrayal of Lucien. In a moment of clarity, Morris breaks down and gives a intense monologue defining not only Lucien’s mental state, but the state of those like him. And boy, does Morris mean business!