As a stand alone piece, without knowledge of the original, I can agree this is a spooky little tale.
Still, I would like to see the more hopeful original produced as a play some day.
The show begins with a father and mother showing concern about their son. Although he's a genius, they notice that the boy isn't very wise about his gifts. In particular, he begins treating his mother like she is beneath him--and his father reluctantly agrees to talk to the boy. But the problem is MUCH deeper. It seems that the boy has a book from some 'children's room' at the local library and the book feeds the boy's ego and builds his contempt for other folks. So, the father looks into the room and the odd librarian--and then the story gets really, really weird and original. I'd say a lot more but I don't want to mess up your enjoyment of the show--and it's a good one.
FYI--While the boy in the show supposedly has an IQ in excess of 200, such ridiculously inflated scores are not possible using the most widely used and tested IQ tests today. In particular, the Wechsler IQ scores top out at about 150. So, if some fat-head insists they have an IQ of 198 or 175, they are either lying, took an IQ test A LONG TIME AGO (when the Stanford-Binet was accepted by clinicians), mistaken or took some crazy online test (which is invalid and meant to make people become fat-heads). And, practically speaking, there really isn't any real statistical difference between a score of 135, 140 or 150. Again, just in case you are wondering.