Jennifer Chung Klam 10 a.m., April 24
The late Larry Shue was so funny even his stage directions evoke laughter. So does Lamb's Players production. Geno Carr is excellent as Charlie Baker, nondescript Brit with a fear of talk (so he pretends not to at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia). Carr walks a tightrope between hamming and dramatic credibility. Along with Kevin Hafso-Koppman, a kick as the supposedly daffy Ellard Simms, Carr does full justice to Shue's set pieces: mirror-miming breakfast, learning English. Though some in the cast nudge toward the shrill in their deliveries, for the most part they perform, rightly, as if each were a foreigner to the others. For all of its silliness, Foreigner's tricky to stage, since it combines goofy antics with a cameo by the KKK of Tillman County. As long as Shue's good-natured charm holds sway, one can almost feel convinced that the gaggle of xenophobes in white sheets will never pay the lodge a return visit.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, May 18, 2014
- Sundays, 2pm
- Tuesdays, 7:30pm
- Wednesdays, 2pm & 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 4pm & 8pm
- "The Foreigner at Lamb’s Players" (Feb. 4, 2014)