The Narcissist Next Door covers much the same ground as Larry Shue’s The Nerd, where the house-guest from Hell wrecks havoc on a variety of characters at a dinner party. Here Tony, The Narcissist, (Luca Malacrino), proves to be a charlatan as well as a pain when he introduces his next-door neighbor, Sebastian (Michael Nardelli) and friend Kate (Kincaid Walker) to a New Age practice called “The Source.” When the practice work wonders in their lives, they welcome Tony into their midst, but as he takes more and more advantage of their trust, inviting himself on a trip to Mexico to “shoot” singing star Charo Veraga (Maggie Miguel), a result from “The Source,” they finally admit his toxicity. Only when he opens the way for a pair of Banditos (Robert and Bryce Harrow) to rob the group, do they finally plot to get rid of him with hilarious results.
Narcissist, Ellen Buckley’s first full-length play, is sprightly and increasingly funny, pointing the way to a future of churning out one crowd-pleaser after another. It has been given a well-developed production by its producers with director Susan Dallan.