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Synopsis: the Foreigner. In a rural fishing lodge in Georgia, Froggy LeSueur, a British demolitions expert who sometimes runs training sessions at a nearby. When everyone in the lodge thinks that Charlie does not understand a word of English, people speak freely around him and he learns some. FOREIGNER. 5M, 2W. BY LARRY SHUE. The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy. LeSeuer, a British demolition.

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It looks as though at least one full-length high school performance of the play and excerpts from at largy one professional production are available to watch online. Pointing his finger at one of the Klansman, Charlie seems to make the hooded figure melt into the floor, leaving only the Klan robe behind.

Not a serious play, but kind of serious. Catherine comforts Charlie and asks him to stay. Charlie talks to Froggy on the phone and tells him that something suspicious is foerigner on with David and Owen.

Though belly laughs are often seen by the general public as the very definition of great comedy, critics tend to consider foregner laughter as a sign of an unsophisticated and unreflective response to a non-literary event. Several good monologues, too! However, the company members believed in the play and took pay cuts, distributed flyers in Times Squareand met with theatre groups to revive the word of mouth the lafry had initially created.

David is about to marry the pretty but somewhat benighted ex-debutante and heiress Catherine Simms, who has a semi-idiot brother, Ellard, and a fortune with which David and Owen plan to finance the takeover of what they propose to turn into White America.

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The New York Times. Or does he engages Ellard out of puckish love of play? As the two villains leave, Ellard and Charlie enter, continuing their English lessons. Click here to post your opportunity. Te and the other terrified Klansmen bolt from the lodge.


Owen Musser, the racist county property inspectorplans to oust Betty and convert the lodge into a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan.

Very humorous and entertaining. Betty speaks with a strong Georgia accent. Before long, Charlie finds himself privy to assorted secrets and scandals freely discussed in shhue of him by the other visitors.

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Froggy promises to come up with some kind of plan to keep Charlie from having to talk to people. As they are saying goodbye to Charlie, Froggy presents his friend with a telegram that makes Charlie very sad. Feb 24, Leah rated it really liked it. When he takes the title of Tilghman County property inspector, Owen puffs up and begins to think of himself as a worthy candidate for sheriff.

Not surprisingly, this critical response in the media hurt attendance of The Foreigner and a week after the official opening of the play its success was further complicated when the actress playing Betty died and had to be replaced. Retrieved from ” https: Thanks for telling us about the problem. This page is only accessible by StageAgent Pro members. The Dragon and the Cross: Larry Howard Shue July 23, — September 23, was an American playwright and actorbest known for writing two often-performed farcesThe Nerd and The Foreigner.

While it didn’t have the subtlety and complexity of some plays, it functions well as what it is – a very funny story of a man caught in an awkward situation who discovers himself capable of more than he imagined. The audience is led to expect that the worst-case scenario is probably a casual flirtation. Her younger brother, Ellard, a somewhat “slow” boy often thought of as a young Forrest Gump [ citation needed ] is a simpleton who tries to “teach” Charlie how to speak English.

In a similar fashion, Shue creates a significant subtext for the scene in which Charlie humiliates the villainous Owen Musser.

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Jerry Zaks was the quick-witted director. Nienhuis is a Ph. This is much better — and darker — than I’d anticipated. One main source of humor in the play is the language of the nonexistent country from which Charlie claims to hail.


The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia yhe two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. This is lighter fare. Hooded and heavily armed men crash through the door, led by Owen, who confronts Betty and Charlie, announcing the vigilante justice of the Klan. At its silly, romantic heart, The Foreigner lxrry the opening up of a repressed sad sack, who even manages to find true love in Mary Catherine Garrison’s bitter, regretful Catherine.

Jun 01, Patricia L. One of my most favorite plays. To help his friend, Froggy tells Betty Meeks, who owns the lodge, that Charlie is the native of an exotic country who does not understand a word of English.

Broderick takes full advantage of every absurd turn of events in Charlie’s strange interlude Views Read Edit View history. For the purposes of comedy, Ellard is genuinely slow, but the play suggests that Ellard also has significant human qualities.

And thank goodness it’s not.

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Evidently they all put glasses on their heads. Catherine and Betty join the group, and Ellard relates how he and Charlie have been in Tilghman, watching the workers build the larrj courthouse, where Ellard is learning how to lay bricks. I look tru your bones.

Can you put the KKK in a comedy, even if they are the inept villains of the piece? Owen finds Charlie alone and threatens him, saying that when the Ku Klux Klan is in power, they will kill all the foreigners. She is engaged to the Reverend David Lee, unaware of his true, villainous character.