By Larry Shue
HOUSTON - Beginning May 4th and running through June 9th, Company OnStage presents the riotous comedy, The Foreigner by Larry Shue.
At a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, Staff Sgt. Froggy LeSueur and his buddy Charlie Baker settle in for a leisurely vacation. There is a small problem. Charlie is pathologically shy. He literally cannot talk to anyone. To keep the curious townsfolk from talking to Charlie, Froggy’s answer is to explain that his friend is from a foreign land and doesn’t speak or comprehend any English. Before too long, the simple solution becomes hilariously complicated. Thinking their secrets will be safe, people freely discuss their private affairs and personal scandals in Charlie’s presence and before long he finds himself dealing with romance, corruption and the Ku Klux Klan!
Written by Larry Shue, The Foreigner made its New York premiere in 1984. It won two Obies and two Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best New American Play. A revival starring Matthew Broderick was staged in 2004. Mr. Shue, who also wrote the extremely popular play The Nerd, died in a 1985 plane crash.
The Foreigner will be presented Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. from May 4, 2012 through June 9, 2012. Regular ticket price is $15.00 and discount ticket prices are available for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Reservations are recommended. For reservations and information, please call (713)726-1219 or visit www.companyonstage.org.