The last section has his butler, Tony (Brown) touring the country, collecting stories about people who met Bob and were influenced by him. Everyman American Bob, the seeker and sometimes finder, the reprobate and saint, who may or not be dead, becomes great in reputation, if not in reality. Through stories about him, Bob grows larger than life, a legend — like Marilyn Monroe or Hulk Hogan, among two of the litany that the ensemble lists at the end, at which point Brown briefly plays Bob in a grey beard, world-weary and wise.
A prolific playwright, Brown grad Nachtrieb is best known for the end-of-the-world fantasy boom, which was the most-produced play at professional theaters in the US in the 2009-’10 season. It was born at Lowry Marshall’s Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Repertory Theatre summer play-spawning program.