Santa Monica Rep presents The Foreigner by Larry Shue

Santa Monica Rep presents The Foreigner by Larry Shue

Matthew Kohnen

Location Info:

Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA  90403
310-458-8634
Our story unfolds at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time Froggy has brought along a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So Froggy tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. The fun begins when Charlie overhears more than he should — hilarious and damaging revelations made with the belief that Charlie doesn't understand a word of English. The fact that only Charlie and the audience are in on the joke fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and the "good guys" emerge triumphant. Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. This production made possible in part with support from The Broad Stage The Foreigner is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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