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Elite Theatre Company Begins its 21st Season with The Boys Next Door

Dan Tullis Jr. and Austin Robert Miller (Photo Credit: Jennifer Ridgway)

Oxnard, CA -One year after relocating the company from Oxnard’s Heritage Square to Channel Islands Harbor (at 2731 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard, CA 93035), the Elite Theatre Company is opening its 21st season by presenting a remarkably real look at the lives of four mentally handicapped men and the kind but increasingly burned out social worker who struggles to keep it all together. On Friday, February 28th, the Elite opened its production of THE BOYS NEXT DOOR by Tom Griffin. This will be the first show in the Elite’s 2014 season, entitled “Wit.” Heart-filled and hilarious, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR runs through April 6th, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

The play takes place in a communal residence in the Boston area where four mentally handicapped men are looked after by their earnest social worker, Jack. The crew consists of the man-child Lucien, who lugs around stacks of books but hasn’t the capacity to read them. Arnold is an extremely nervous depressive but he functions as the gregarious ringleader of the group. Barry is a bright but damaged schizophrenic who has convinced himself he is a golf pro. And the overweight romantic with an affinity for keys, Norman is a low-functioning but extremely lovable character who strikes up a romance with a similarly disabled young woman, Sheila.

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR is a remarkably touching piece of theatre that leaves audiences laughing through the course of the play, but strikes at the heart. The characters have been written such that the audience finds humor along with the characters rather than at their expense.

Prices are $18 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. $10 tickets are available for groups and for audience members who present a program from Elite’s second stage production 50/50 at the door.

Reservations can be made online at www.elitetheatre.org or by calling 805-483-5118.

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