The Foreigner is a two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. The hilarious, award-winning play has become a staple of professional and amateur theatre. Catch a show at Manistee’s Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts July 25–28.

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSueur, 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 evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. Things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphantly.

“I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another….” –The New Yorker

This show is recommended for ages 13 years and up. Haze is used and there are moving and flashing lights, but no strobe lights. Theatre doors open at 7 p.m. and the first act starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 15-minute intermission and the show ends at 9:15 p.m.


Director…Rick Plummer

“Froggy” LeSeuer…Michael Ray

Charlie Baker…Sean Gilbert

Betty Meeks…Christine Plummer

The Rev. David Marshall Lee…John Klapko

Catherine Simms…Kali Findley

Owen Musser…Chuck Dillon

Ellard Simms…Jordan Sell

Townspeople…Josh Leffew, Fred Sunbeck, Rick Hudson