Full Length Play
60 minutes (1 hour)
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day
Settings Of Play -
A dive bar in New York City
FEATURES / CONTAINS
No intermission, Puppetry
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
NERVE is a dark comedy about falling into a relationship on the first date. Elliot has never had an online date before…at least not one that showed up. Susan has had far too many but would prefer not to discuss them. When they meet in a bar one night, all their personality flaws are revealed, along with a puppet, some modern dance and a desperation that may or may not be love.
"…sweet, sexy, neurotic friendly." —NY Times.
"…frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and in the end a neat little demonstration, if you needed one, of how much better live theatre can be than TV or movies when it comes to convincingly recreating human relationships in all their delicious complexity." —Gothamist.
"With NERVE, playwright Adam Szymkowicz ventures into the minefield that is online dating and emerges with a wickedly entertaining and darkly comic romance. Cyber-dating may be rife with tales of nightmarish encounters with neurotics and sociopaths, Szymkowicz seems to say, but don't sociopaths deserve love, too? Anyone who sees NERVE will be inclined to say yes." —OffOffOnline.com.