Orland Troupe stages 'The Nerd' comedy

Performing comedies has become an autumn tradition for the Orland Park Theatre Troupe, with this season’s fare being Larry Shue’s comedy, “The Nerd.”

Rob Siebert (left) is Willum Cubbert and Richard Thompson portrays Rick Steadman in the Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s fall comedy, “The Nerd.”

Performances are this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Orland Park Civic Center.

Frann Carnivele-Sidlow is the show’s producer, with Jim Mazeika serving as director and Bryan Riess as assistant director.

The comedy is set in Terre Haute, Ind., in late 1979. Tinley Park’s Rob Siebert portrays Willum Cubbert, an aspiring architect and ex-GI whose life was saved by a fellow soldier in Vietnam. Rick Steadman, played by Richard Thompson of Orland Park, is the man who Willum credits with saving his life. Rick turns out to be a socially and intellectually inept “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance at Willum’s residence.

Tansy McGinnis, portrayed by Nicole Coniglio of Orland Park, is Willum’s on-again, off-again girlfriend. Sharon Stolarz of Frankfort plays Axel Hammond, Willum’s best friend and Tansy’s ex; he’s also a pompous and sarcastic drama critic.

Orland Park’s Reiss Bryan Reiss appears as Warnock Waldgrave.

Performances at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave., will be this Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday, Sept. 30 matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved seat tickets can be bought at the recreation office, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for children. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 403-7275.