Larry Shue’s The Foreigner is full of mild-mannered sweetness. The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. A very shy guy named Charlie has come to visit a friend, but the friend has to leave for a few days for business. Charlie is undone at the idea of having to talk to strangers, so he and his buddy cook up an unlikely scheme. They tell everyone that Charlie’s a foreigner and can’t speak a word of English — that way nobody will bother him.
Of course, since people speak freely around a man they think can’t understand them, Charlie ends up hearing all sorts of secrets, including an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and a dark plot about the local Ku Klux Klan. (Don’t worry, this is a comedy, after all, and it all turns out well in the end.) Only the town simpleton tries to interact with Charlie, sweetly attempting to teach him English. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through June 9. Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square. For information, visit www.companyonstage.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 4. Continues through June 9, 2012