Underneath its silly surface lie serious lessons about tolerance, cultural diversity, and our growing fear of immigrants. It hits a national nerve while numbing us with laughing gas. But if we pause to ponder its buried themes, as director Tom Alderman does in Pasadena, our intellect starts examining the plot. In fact, Charlie is terrified of all people.
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Underneath its silly surface lie serious lessons about tolerance, cultural diversity, and our growing fear of immigrants. It hits a national nerve while numbing us with laughing gas.
But if we pause to ponder its buried themes, as director Tom Alderman does in Pasadena, our intellect starts examining the plot. In fact, Charlie is terrified of all people. When Charlie realizes that the lodge has other guests--"Strangers?! How to make these three days among backwoods strangers tolerable to the Brit? LeSueur devises a strategy.
That personality is a clown. His work is impressively supported by an excellent ensemble. Morgan Rusler is inspired as her slightly retarded, backward brother. But the excellent ensemble is forced to move at a languid Southern pace, deadly for a wanna-be farce.
The lodge is about to be condemned, but the danger never materializes as a genuine threat. The tone abruptly shifts. Molino Ave. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p. Ends Oct. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes. By Larry Shue. Directed by Tom Alderman. Set by Karen Schultz. Lights by J. Costumes by Garland Riddle. Sound by Ken Huncovsky. Production Stage Manager Theresa Bentz. Stage Manager Diana Blazer. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options.
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From its setting in rural Georgia with individuals who appear to be living in a social world hundreds of years in the past, to the danger of racial and religious prejudice those people promote as being the right way for people to live, there may be times now when many can just shake their head at the nonsense - or, hopefully, admit it is time to take a different message out in the world ourselves. Thanks to Little Fish company member David Graham 's knowledge on how to present the mayhem and mischief ever-present in this farcical comedy, as well as his ability to cast the right people in its key roles, the production is both entertaining and relevant to what many "foreigners" are now facing at the borders to our nation. No doubt, like me, there are times near the end of the play where you would like to join in ousting the offending bigots off the stage along with those doing a great job of accomplishing that task. Shue's two-act comedy takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia, often visited by Froggy, a British demolition expert expertly portrayed with great humor by Don Schlossman , who occasionally runs training sessions in the nearby area. This time Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy man named Charlie perfectly mild-mannered David Lawrence who is there to get away from his ailing wife who admitted to having cheated on him with 23 other men. Torn between staying with her during her final months of life or getting away to save his own sanity, Charlie, whose fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers has hindered his social interactions his entire life, is about to encounter the unexpected, and perhaps biggest, challenge of his life.