From Dramatists Play Service:
The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally handicapped men
live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker
named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the
sweet pastries, 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 is 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, with touching effectiveness, we
are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find
some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers,
are allotted on this earth.
"The Boys Next Door is one of the most unusual…and one of the most rewarding
plays in town." —BackStage.
"Griffin's play hits squarely on the truth of life with its
constant interplays and shadings of triumphs and tears." —NY Daily News.
"The Boys Next Door
moves the audience to an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted…"