Where would you be without your neuroses?
In the case of Allan Rice, Greg Edwards and Ben Green, the answer is anywhere but Auburn.
The three minds behind "Neurosis: The Musical" return to central New York a year after presenting their show to audiences at The Pitch, the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival's series of works in progress.
Rice, the show's book writer, describes it as "'Friends' meets Woody Allen, with fantastic music and tap."
Edwards, the show's lyricist, likens it to "a buddy comedy between a man and his best friend, but his best friend is the personification of his neurosis." When the man meets the girl of his dreams, Edwards continued, it's the relationship inside the man's mind that's tested.
In one of Green's favorite moments of the show, the man and his neurosis come to terms in that old standard of musicals, the "ballad of reconciliation."
"Sometimes we're our biggest obstacles," said Green, the show's composer.
Impressed by the concept, festival organizers asked the trio to come back for a four-week, fully realized run of "Neurosis" at Merry-Go-Round Downtown at the Auburn Public Theater.
There was just one problem: The 10 minutes of script and three songs presented at The Pitch were all the three had written. So when they agreed to bring "Neurosis" back to Auburn in 2013, they left out that little detail.
"It was a relationship based on deceit," joked Rice. "Merry-Go-Round has been fantastic in helping motivate us to finish it."
After securing this summer's run, the three went to work finishing "Neurosis." Their collaboration wasn't easy, as each writer lives in a different city. But they were grateful the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival could bring them together with creative purpose.
The three completed the draft for "Neurosis" in October and presented the show in New York City three times, refining it along the way, just as they did between nights of The Pitch.
"The biggest feedback we got is that the idea works," Green said. "It's really relatable to people. ... Everyone's neurotic in some way or another."