Barnaby Monk 5:30 a.m., Feb. 10
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)