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More on The Foreigner

I mentioned yesterday that the New York Times had reviewed The Foreigner.  Well, much to my surprise, yesterday's Financial Times also had a brief review of the play.  For those who aren't FT readers, here's what the reviewer had to say:

          "It is slightly jarring to enter the Roundabout Theatre's Laura Pels space and encounter something as fluffy as Larry Shue's The Foreigner.  More often dedicated to new work, including the year's best play to date, Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, the Pels now houses this revival of a 1983 comedy about a mewling British proofreader who, at a holiday lodge in rural Georgia, outwits a conniving preacher to keep the lodge property in the family of a folksy old woman.  He foils the conspiracy by, for an act and a half, pretending to speak no English.

          Having escaped being drafted into the London's West End production of his greatest stage triumph, The Producers, Matthew Broderick, as the heroic protagonist, Froggy, gives every indication of enjoying himself here.  And in life: the actor is getting a little doughy around the jowls, and his plumpness and pallor are highly suitable for this English shnook.    [And if anyone can tell me what "shnook" means, please do so! -- KC]

          He executes the play's set pieces - especially a Marx Brothers-ish mirrored miming scene around the breakfast table with the local dolt, Ellard Simms - with aplomb.  And his gibberish version of Little Red Riding Hood drew laughs from a New York audience still in shell-shock from the election.  [good word, "shell-shock" -- KC]

          If there is no disguising the fact that The Foreigner is a piece of piffle, with a far-fetched plot and some shaky direction by Scott Schwartz, there is also no denying that Frances Sternhagen, as the lodge's owner, Betty Meeks, is providing even more enjoyment than Broderick.

          So often confined in the crisp crinolines of the proper matriarch, including a recurring turn as Charlotte's mother-in-law on Sex and the City, Sternhagen loosens up as a granny yokel.

          As the preacher, Neal Huff, so good recently in Take Me Out, is thoroughly professional, if a little under-challenged.  (It would be refreshing to see him in more extreme circumstances: starring in a comedy such as Shue's other often-performed work, The Nerd, or gracing a psychotic revenge tragedy.)  Meanwhile, Kevin Cahoon is stretched to the limits as Ellard.  It is not easy to play the simpleton for an entire evening without trying theatregoers' indulgence; Cahoon manages the feat."

(The rating given was three stars out of a possible five)

Sorry there was nothing about Lee.


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Nov. 9th, 2004 01:40 pm (UTC)
"Schnook" - someone naive and easily taken advantage off.

Good review, except for the no mention of Lee. *hmph*
Nov. 9th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
*hmph* indeed!

Thanks for the definition.

K. :)
Nov. 10th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this. btw, I wanted to let you know that I lock most of slash-related posts (and most personal stuff, too), so if you want to read them, you can friend me and I'll friend you back.
Nov. 12th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
Let's be friends

I was going to ask if I could friend you, and now I will. Thanks!

I've noticed that a number of people friends-lock all or some of their posts (and I know you put a password on your fiction site -- I e-mailed you in early October to get it; in case my name sounds familiar to you, that's why). Would you mind giving me some idea, in general terms, what the issue is here? This is the first time I've participated in any type of web-based forum, and if there are concerns I should know about, I'd really appreciate someone giving me a heads-up. Thanks again!

Nov. 14th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's be friends
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I was away for the weekend.

My website is slash fanfic. Nothing especially controversial. I just locked it for personal reasons. The password is leet

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