Pocahontas, Arkansas

Downtown Playhouse

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Overman Buildings & Bella Piazza

       The place is a communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally challenged men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. 
      Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist. 
    Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about,
    Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex, 
      Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.
     Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.

"THE BOYS NEXT DOOR is one of the most unusual…and one of the most rewarding plays in town." —BackStage. 

"Griffin's play hits squarely on the truth of life with its constant interplays and shadings of triumphs and tears." —NY Daily News.

"THE BOYS NEXT DOOR moves the audience to an awareness of how many things in everyday life we take for granted…" —NY Times.

February 24 and March 2, 3,

9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 25


Friday & Saturday Show Times

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Show begins at 7:30 pm

Sunday Show Time

(March 11 and March 25)

Doors open at 1:00 pm

Show begins at 2:00 pm


Dessert and Beverage service

closes 15 minutes prior to showtime.

Before purchasing your tickets, please take a moment to look at the dessert and beverage offerings now, so when you reach the questionnaire at the close of your purchase transaction you'll know what choices each member of your party wishes to make.   


Georgia Style Pecan Pie

Reese's Cream Pie

Louisiana Crunch Cream Bundt Cake 

Sugar-Free Parfait

Desserts are subject to change based on availability.


Caramel Cappuccino, or Sugar Free Caramel Cappuccino 

French Vanilla Cappuccino or Sugar Free French Vanilla Cappuccino 

Hazelnut Cappuccino or Sugar Free Hazelnut Cappuccino

Mocha Cappuccino or Sugar Free Mocha Cappuccino

Coffee or Decaf Coffee


Sweet Iced Tea. Unsweetened Iced Tea, 

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite or Ice Water


                                                         Tickets to Downtown Playhouse make great gifts!