See ‘The Nerd’ in Monroe, ‘Lonely Planet’ in Edmonds

  • Thu Mar 1st, 2012 8:30am
  • Life

By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer

“The Nerd”: Rick Wright, a talented and funny actor himself, is directing Larry Shue’s hilarious “The Nerd” for this Sky Performing Arts production.

The comedy tells the story of young architect Willum Cubbert, who gets a visit from Rick Steadman, a man Cubbert has never met but who saved his life in Vietnam.

Unfortunately for Cubbert, Steadman is far from a hero; he is in fact a bungling idiot. And a nerd. And one of those people who overstays their welcome, to the point where Cubbert can’t take it any more.

The mood turns feverish when the passive Cubbert, pushed to the edge, thinks of ways of ridding himself of Steadman — permanently.

“The Nerd” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through March 18 at the Frank Wagner Auditorium, 639 W Main St., Monroe.

Tickets are $12 and $14. Call 360-863-1663 or

“Lonely Planet”: In this story, playwright Steven Dietz examines human suffering and fear as two gay men ponder friendship and life.

The play asks: What difference do we make? The characters here cling to the hope that they have made an impact by having lived, according to a press release.

“Lonely Planet” will begin at 8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds.

Tickets are $12. Call 425-774-9600 or

“Late Nite Catechism”: A lot of people don’t know that the Sister actually grew up in Mill Creek and is actually not a nun, though she is Catholic. Her real name is Aubrey Manning.

But when the “students” arrive in her classroom, they will know her wit.

“I have a script and I’m not afraid to not use it,” said Manning from her home in Los Angeles.

Manning is reprising her role in “Late Nite Catechism” tonight when the show plays the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

Manning starred as Sister for 10 years at ACT Theatre. Her character is the gently acerbic classroom disciplinarian.

Manning said the show is still extremely topical and all issues, whether religious, political or otherwise, are fair game and every show is different.

“I’ve been all over the country and to Canada and I literally believe Seattle audiences are the most intelligent,” Manning said. “They are prepared to play and talk and ask provocative questions, so I’m very careful. I don’t give them a stock answer.”

The show is interractive, so the audience should come prepared to be called on.

“You don’t have to fear me, but you don’t know what I’m going to do,” Manning said. “People in the back row, you don’t get away from me. I have two legs and I’m going after you.”

“Late Nite Catechism” is at 8 tonight at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle.

Tickets are $22.50 to $47.50. Call 877-784-4849 or go to

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424;