Frank is an aspiring magician with an unexpected best friend: Neurosis, his anxieties personified in a character that only he can see. When Frank meets marketing executive Abby, sparks fly, but it turns out that she has a neurosis of her own. With love, therapy, and a set of guilt-inducing parents in tow, will Frank and Abby choose their fears or each other? NEUROSIS is a modern musical comedy with a psychiatric twist—a story about finding happiness, falling in love, and dealing with that little voice in your head along the way.
Frank and his best friend go about their morning routine (Who’s the Guy?), but their day quickly unravels, for the friend is none other than Neurosis, Frank’s anxieties personified in a character only he can see. Samantha, a therapist and our narrator, explains to us that, like Frank, everyone has a neurosis (You Got Neurosis).
During lunch, Frank visits his parents. They’re dismissive of his job working at a magic shop, but Frank is excited because he’s just been accepted into the Legends of Magic showcase. At last, he will be Incredible Frank.
Meanwhile, Abby, a successful marketing executive, has been dumped by yet another jerk. Receiving little consolation from Neurosalina, her neurosis, Abby commits to finding a guy who’s actually nice (Make Him Mine).
At the magic shop, Frank’s boss steals his invitation to Legends of Magic. This sends him into a breakdown (Incredible Frank - Reprise) and straight to therapy. Samantha, his therapist, delivers an ultimatum: be in the moment or fail at life (No Easy Answers). Attempting to follow her advice, Frank goes to a party where he meets Abby, but with Neurosis as his wingman, he crashes and burns (Use Your Words). For an alternative to therapy, Neurosis brings Frank to his parents who offer their own solution for Frank’s faltering life (Law School).
A few days later, as Neurosalina psychs up Abby for a night on the town (You Got What It Takes), Frank goes back to therapy. Samantha reveals she can see Neurosis and suggests that he’s to blame for Frank’s problems (Who’s the Guy - Reprise). Frank refuses to consider this. However, that night at the bar, Frank successfully flirts with Abby and finally manages to shut out Neurosis by drinking him away (Let Go).
Three weeks later, Abby and Frank are in a serious relationship (Boyfriend-Girlfriend), and Neurosis and Neurosalina are seriously displeased (Well, Goodnight). These tensions culminate in a disastrous dinner with Frank’s parents (Meet-the-Parents Tango), and Abby breaks up with Frank.
Miserable, Frank blames Neurosis and ends their friendship. Now without Abby or Neurosis, for the first time in his life, Frank is truly alone (When You’re Alone). When Frank hits rock bottom, Neurosis brings him to Samantha’s office for couple’s therapy, and they finally come to terms with each other (You Are My Neurosis). Now, Frank just needs to mend his relationship with Abby. To do so, Frank and Abby commit the ultimate act of trust—showing each other their Neuroses (Boyfriend-Girlfriend - Reprise).
With everyone’s relationships newly restored and finally functional, Samantha, joined by the cast, wraps up the show (Rock Your Neurosis).
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Frank: Regular guy who thinks he's happy in life, late 20s.
Neurosis: Frank's neurosis, a more nervous version of Frank.
Abby: Sweet and successful but with a cynical edge, late 20s.
Neurosalina: Abby's neurosis, a mean girl.
Geri: Frank's mother, overbearing.
Kenny: Frank's father, underbearing.
Samantha: Frank's therapist, no-nonsense.
Kurt : Douchebag, Abby's soon-to-be ex.
Casting Note: The actor who plays Kurt doubles as:
• Larry: Frank's boss
• Patrick: Abby's client
• Postal Worker
Neurosis was performed Off-Broadway with a cast of eight. However, it can be performed with as few as six actors by doubling Geri and Samantha, and Kenny and Kurt/et al.
Setting: The present.
Materials: Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date and will include everything necessary for your production. They can be ordered in Printed or Digital format. Printed Materials are provided on unbound three-hole punched loose-leaf paper while Digital Materials are provided via email as downloadable PDF files for you to print in-house. All materials are yours to keep! No deposits, no returns.
The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for Neurosis includes: