Theatergoers in Pickerington will be treated to a classic comedic experience with "The Nerd."

The two-act play, which was written by actor/playwright Larry Shue, will be performed by the all-volunteer members of the Pickerington Community Theatre troupe, said Chris Gallaugher, the organization's publicity director.

"It's a comedy that premiered on Broadway in the '80s," Gallaugher said.

"It's about a guy who saves someone's life during the war, ends up visiting them and never goes away," he said. "It's kind of an awkward comedy."

There is nothing awkward, however, about the production's success with audiences.

It was the top grossing American play in London's West End theater district in 1986.

"When it appeared on Broadway it starred Mark Hamill from 'Star Wars,' " Gallaugher said.

"It was (Hamill's) Broadway debut. They almost made it into a sitcom,"

Local audiences will enjoy the fun, he said.

"It's pretty straightforward, just a fun comedy," Gallaugher said.

"If you're looking to go out for a night of laughs, this is a good one to go to."

The two-hour play has seven characters and no set changes.

"It's basically set in a living room, which helps the show move along," Gallaugher said.

He said "The Nerd" is not for all ages.

"It's a fun comedy for ages 13 and up, so it's not really for the little kids. They wouldn't get it anyway," Gallaugher said.

"The Nerd" will be performed in Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road North, Pickerington at 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1, 7 and 8.

Matinees are planned for 2 p.m. April 1 and 8.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children and senior citizens.

For tickets, contact the PCT Box Office at 614-508-0036; or visit pctshows.com.

Gallaugher said auditions for the troupe's big summer production -- "Annie" -- will be held at the end of April.

"We'll have more information updated on our website," he said.

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