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The Foreigner Summary
Larry Shue

Everything you need to understand or teach The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

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The Foreigner Summary

Introduction

The Foreigner was first produced at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Repertory Theatre in January of 1983, and the boisterous laughter it created there made the play an enormous local success. Named by the American Theatre Critics Association as one of the best regional theatre plays for the 1983-1984 season, The Foreigner was subsequently produced Off-Broadway in November of 1984 at the Astor Place Theatre in New York City. Lukewarm responses from the critics failed to quench the play's enormous audience appeal, and as Laurie Winer reported in a 1988 New York Times article, "one of the few Off Broadway plays to overcome negative reviews, The foreigner played 685 performances and fully recouped its $250,000 investment."

Because of the extraordinary commercial success of The Foreigner, Shue's other plays came to the attention of American theatre companies. His earlier farce, The Nerd, had gone from its successful Milwaukee production in 1981 to similarly successful productions in England. It...

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