Smart bets: The Boys Next Door

“Arnold has decided he’s going to move to Russia. Barry thinks he’s a golf pro. Norman can’t stop eating donuts, and Lucien is concerned that they don’t have any trees,” reads a release for The Boys Next Door — the final production during Different Strokes Performing Art Collective’s fifth season. It’s these four special-needs roommates who star in the work, which is written by Tom Griffin, directed by Steph Hickling Beckman and presented as a series of vignettes. Together, the leading men tackle daily life, “where little things sometimes become momentous — and often very funny.” The storyline, Beckman says, “highlights the beautiful humanity, humor and heartache of the cognitively impaired, while underlining that these men are not to be pitied but understood and respected.” Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 5-21, at 7:30 p.m., at The BeBe Theatre. $15/$18 (or $12 online before Thursday, Nov. 12). Proceeds benefit Paws on ASD. differentstrokespac.org. Photo by Rodney Smith of Tempus Fugit Design

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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