THE FUNNIEST PLAY YOU MAY EVER SEE
By Larry Shue
Previews: July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22,
“Everything's right with Larry Shue's The Foreigner and its hilarious staging at American Stage…Meticulous performances by the entire seven-person cast infuse the characters with enough warmth and menace that they're involving…Chris Crawford in the title role is an obvious standout…The whole cast works on that same level…Tom Hansen's stunningly rich set…It's hard to find a flaw with the American Stage production.” – Marty Clear, Tampa Bay Times
“American Stage breathed life into this comedy of errors, reviving my faith in the funny that is farce…Matt Chiorini directed an incredible cast…Chris Crawford’s expressions were remarkable, taking Shue's already hilarious text to a whole other level of brilliance… Crawford truly mastered the art of comedy…A number of memorable scenes played out on Tom Hansen's well-designed stage. Crawford and Greyson Lewis’ shtick was as good as, if not better than, any Laurel-Hardy or Abbott-Costello collaboration. This was just one of the too-many-to-count guffaws that kept the audience in stitches.” -Kathy L. Greenberg, The Tampa Tribune
Chris Crawford plays Charlie — innocent and endangered at every moment…Matt Lunsford is excellent as army Brit Froggy…Elizabeth Dimon is sweet as lodge owner Betty… Gavin Hawk is persuasive as the duplicitous Reverend Lee (it’s delightful to see fresh-faced Hawk play a scoundrel)…Natalie Symons, one of the best actresses in the Bay area, makes Catherine a wonderfully complex woman…and Greyson Lewis plays slow-witted Ellard as if 19 of 20 light bulbs in his brain need immediate replacement… Tom Hansen’s set, of a handsome lodge lobby, is nicely realistic.
“Larry Shue has raided comedy's storehouse!” –Bergen Record
The Foreigner demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters deal with a stranger whom they think knows no English. The scene is 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 friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So Froggy, before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins as Charlie overhears more than he should—the sinister plans of a two-faced minister and his redneck associate, the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant, and much more. What Charlie does fuels the nonstop hilarity and sets up the breath-taking climax.
Below is the publicity video for THE FOREIGNER.
Below are the publicity photos for THE FOREIGNER.
Below is a sneak peak of the set for THE FOREIGNER and partial cast.
THE CAST (in order of appearance):
* = member, Actors’ Equity Association
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