The Nerd

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The Nerd is a two-act comedy written by American actor/playwright Larry Shue. Actors who have taken on the title role include British comedian Rowan Atkinson. It premiered in 1981 and was the top grossing American play in London's West End in 1986.

Its plot is set in 1979.


  • Willum Cubbert: Willum is an architect, currently designing a hotel for Mr. Waldgrave, and a pushover.
  • Tansy McGinnis: A smart woman who is as attracted to Willum as he is to her, but who has been offered her dream job as a television weather forecaster in Washington, D.C., and feels guilty for leaving Willum behind. I
  • Axel Hammond: Willum's best friend. He's a pretentious, often-inebriated drama critic, always ready with a sarcastic comment.
  • Rick Steadman/Kemp Hall: The titular "nerd." He's oblivious to insult and lacks manners or sensitivity.
  • Warnock Waldgrave: A boisterous, slightly dim businessman, owner of eight hotels, with no creativity and no tact.
  • Clelia Waldgrave: Mr. Waldgrave's high-strung, put-upon wife.
  • Thor Waldgrave: The Waldgraves' terror of a son. "Poster child for Planned Parenthood," as Axel calls him. Spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom.


In one scene in the first act, Warnock Waldgrave gives his son Thor a spanking (M/m). "You know, son, I put up with quite a lot of things" he says. Then he puts Thor over his lap, starts spanking him and continues "But I will not put up with a lyer!"

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