- Anvilicious: The play doesn't pull any punches when it comes to talking about how homophobia and bullying are bad and how it could eventually lead to suicide.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: There's some alternative character backstory: Matt gets one hell of a Freudian Excuse in the sequel, making him seem very much The Woobie- at least in terms of his comic counterpart.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Van's Sister, AKA, Lucy. She's just as hilarious as ever, but she also manages to be the most supportive of C.B.'s homosexuality, and is probably his most loyal friend in the show.
- Fridge Brilliance: Pen pal, C.S. (Charles Schulz), since the play is set in the Peanuts universe, is God, and the letter C.B. receives is an answer to his questions about what comes after death and an assurance that Beethoven, C.B.'s dog, and the bird are happy somewhere.
- Alternatively, C.S. is Charles Schulz, who C.B. had been writing to all his life. Schulz used the letters C.B. sent him as the basis for his comic strip (Schulz at one point said that the Pen-Pal may be the person who felt the most sympathy for Charlie Brown in the original comics) and has played a sympathetic ear. Now that Schulz is dead in real-life, he writes C.B. one last letter from heaven, where he sees Beethoven.
- Funny Moments: Plenty in the scene with Van's sister.
Marcy: C.B, my parents would kill me if they knew we let a homosexual in the house!
- CB's Sister (Sally) putting on her absurd one-woman show in between two big, plot-important scenes. It's a hysterical Big-Lipped Alligator Moment quite reminiscent of Maureen's song in RENT.
- This exchange at Marcy's party, after C.B reveals that he invited Beethoven.
C.B: Marcy, there are 7 people upstairs on ecstasy fucking in your parents' bed.
- Heartwarming Moments: C.B's meeting with Van's sister is hilarious, but its also this as she actually listens and gives support to CB at a time he needs it the most, helps C.B to confirm that his feelings for Beethoven are real and not some impulse, and congratulates C.B. for going against the norm and not apologizing for it. Doubly so, since she and C.B were dating before she got incarcerated, which means that she's willing to lose their relationship solely for C.B to be truly happy. Not only that, but Van's sister is Lucy and Beethoven is Schroeder, and Lucy had a massive crush on Schroeder in the Peanuts comics. Which makes this scene even the more heartwarming.Van's sister: And next time, when you come, if you could just maybe stick a book of matches up your ass, I'd be your best friend forever.C.B: You already are.
C.B.: I can't stop thinking about him.
- Also, when discussing C.B. and Beethoven's relationship.
Van's Sister: Sounds like love to me.
- Ho Yay: Tricia and Marcy are accused of this at once point, and are horrified by it.
- Moral Event Horizon: Matt crosses this when he breaks Beethoven's hands.
- One-Scene Wonder: Van's sister appears only once and she's one of the best parts of the show.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Peanuts was never the most idealistic comic strip, but this slides it waaaaay over to the cynical end of the scale.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The play definitely doesn't back down on speaking out against homophobia, bullying, and suicide. It might be hard to take seriously considering what series it's based off on, but considering that those things are still big problems in today's society, perhaps it's for the better.
Beethoven: And how does one "act gay"? By playing the piano?
- Beethoven's rant at C.B after the latter tells him that he would've been bullied less if he didn't "act gay" couldn't be any bigger of a middle finger at society's often stereotypical view on homosexuals.
- The Woobie:
- Isn't C.B. the original Woobie?
- Poor, poor Beethoven...
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