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Larry Shue

Birth Place: New Orleans, LA, USA

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Larry Shue was an American actor, playwright, and comedian who made a significant impact on the theater world before his untimely death in a plane crash in 1985. Born in New Orleans in 1946, Shue grew up in Kansas and attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where he earned a degree in theater.
After college, Shue moved to New York City and began his career as an actor, appearing in off-Broadway productions of plays like "The Foreigner" and "The Nerd." He also worked as a writer and performer for the sketch comedy group The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, alongside future "Saturday Night Live" stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall.
In 1981, Shue wrote his first play, "The Nerd," which became a hit both on and off Broadway. The play tells the story of an architect named Willum who is visited by an old friend who turns out to be an obnoxious and socially inept "nerd." The play was praised for its witty dialogue and physical comedy, and it ran for over a year on Broadway, earning Shue a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play.
Shue followed up "The Nerd" with another successful play, "The Foreigner," which premiered off-Broadway in 1984. The play centers around a shy British man named Charlie who pretends to be a foreigner who doesn't speak English in order to avoid social interaction. "The Foreigner" was also praised for its humor and won two Obie Awards, including one for Shue's performance in the lead role.
Tragically, Shue's promising career was cut short when he died in a plane crash in 1985 at the age of 39. However, his legacy lives on through his plays, which continue to be performed around the world and have been translated into numerous languages.
In addition to his work in the theater, Shue also made a few appearances on television and film. He had a small role in the 1983 film "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and appeared in an episode of the TV series "Spenser: For Hire" in 1985.
Most recently, Shue's play "The Foreigner" was revived off-Broadway in 2016 at the Laura Pels Theatre, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company. The production was well-received by critics and audiences, proving that Larry Shue's legacy as a playwright and comedian is still going strong more than 30 years after his death.


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1985
Rev. Mr. Crisparkle/Wilfred Barking-Smythe

Rev. Crisparkle (Wilfred Barking-Smythe)

"Froggy" LeSeur

Charlie Baker [Replacement]



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Review: THE NERD at The Strauss Blackbox Theater At The Kirkwood Peforming Arts Center

Moonstone Theatre Company’s production of THE NERD is a riotous fun time thanks to swift direction and the cast’s ability to execute on slapstick comedy with impeccable timing. Director Gary Wayne Barker juices ever last laugh from the script. His vision and blocking extracts performances of sharp physical comedy from each of his actors. His brisk pacing makes the 2-hour fly by in a flash, but it is the fearless performances of his cast, especially Ryan Lawson-Maeske (Rick) and Greg Johnson (Warnock) that make this comedy succeed.

THE NERD to be Presented by Moonstone Theatre Company in July

Moonstone Theatre Company has revealed the cast list and production design staff for its upcoming production of The Nerd by Larry Shue.

City Lit Sets 2023-24 Season; Producer/Artistic Director Terry McCabe to Retire

City Lit Producer and Artistic Director Terry McCabe announced that the theatre’s 2023-2024 season—its forty-third—will be his last on its staff. 

Alley Theatre to Host Open Auditions for Houston Actors for Its 2023-2024 Season

2023-24 Seasonal Auditions for Houston actors will be at Alley Theatre. Auditions will be for AEA and non-AEA adult actors, ages 18 and older. 

JANE EYRE, PICTURES FROM HOME, and More Are Part of the Alley Theatre's 2023-24 Season

The Alley Theatre has announced its 2023-24 season which includes classic works, world premiere plays, one world premiere musical, a murder mystery, and lots of laughter. Learn more about the full lineup here!

Photos: First look at Pickerington Community Theatre's THE FOREIGNER

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSueur, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play. By Larry Shue, Directed by Coreen Janetzke, Cast; Charlie Baker: Todd Bernstein, Froggy Lasueur: Andrew Conway, Betty Meeks: Barbe Helwig, Catherine Simms: Jenny Small, Ellard (Elle) Simms: Raya Franklin, Reverend David Lee Marshall: Stephen Codling, Owen Musser: Scott Harvey Performances run March 17 - 26, 2023 at the Wigwam Theater 10190 Blacklick-Eastern Road, Pickerington, OH 43147. For tickets:

Student Blog: Class is Back in Session!

 From business classes to costume design to French film, this semester started out as quite the whirlwind! Read up on the beginning of a *fingers crossed* successful spring semester at Wagner.

Héctor Bonilla, Histrión Inmenso Y Un Ciudadano Ejemplar

El Gobierno de México, a través de la Secretaría de Cultura y su Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (Inbal), rindió, en conjunto con la familia Bonilla, un homenaje póstumo al actor Héctor Bonilla (1939-2022) en el Palacio de Bellas Artes, donde familiares, colegas, autoridades y amigos reconocieron su invaluable legado en las artes escénicas del país. 

Héctor Bonilla Deja un Gran Legado en las Artes Escénicas del País

Actor, productor, director y músico son las facetas en las que incursionó Héctor Bonilla, quien deja un imprescindible legado en las artes escénicas del país. La Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de México y el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (Inbal) lamentan el deceso del reconocido artista egresado de la Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral (ENAT) cuya trayectoria siempre tuvo un compromiso social y político. 

As If Theatre Company Presents THE FOREIGNER

As If Theatre Company (AITC) presents Larry Shue's classic comedy The Foreigner October 6-23, 2022.

Larry Shue's WENCESLAS SQUARE Announced At Cesear's Forum/Playhouse Square

There is both relevance and humor in Larry Shue's WENCESLAS SQUARE, the latest offering  of Cesear's Forum, being presented in a limited five week September/October engagement, at Kennedy's Theatre, Playhouse Square, Cleveland, Ohio.

BWW Review: THE NERD at Taproot Theatre

Larry Shue’s raucous comedy “The Nerd” was a staple of midrange to small theaters all over back in the 80’s and 90’s. It was zany, smart, and didn’t require too many outlandish elements. So, I was fairly excited to catch this new local production currently being offered at Taproot Theatre, especially with the people in the cast. However, I’m not sure if the show is just not that funny anymore or if this production missed the mark but, while still having some definite gut buster moments, much of it fell flat.


The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre is proud to present a wonderful story of redemption for the holidays, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, directed by Playwright Tom Mula, December 2 – December 30, with previews November 30 and December 1.

Jenna Elser Wins The American Prize In ​Directing - The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize

Jenna Elser, artistic director of Glow Lyric Theatre in Greenville SC, is the winner of The American Prize in DIRECTING—The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize (theater/musical theater division), 2021, for 'West Side Story'. Jenna was selected from applications reviewed recently from across the United States.

Rescheduled Dates Announced For UK Tour of SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM

The producers of the highly acclaimed UK tour of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em are delighted to announce rescheduled dates in 2022. This second UK tour was cut short when theatres were closed by the Government because of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, but is due to recommence on Tuesday 29 March 2022 at The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

New and Rescheduled Dates Announced For APRIL IN PARIS UK Tour

The producers of John Godber's classic comedy, April in Paris, are delighted to announce new and rescheduled dates for the National tour, which will now open in Coventry on 17 May 2021.

Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw To Tour In John Godber's APRIL IN PARIS

Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw will star as Al and Bet in John Godber's classic comedy, April in Paris, which will tour the country, opening in Wellingborough on 28 January 2021, and will be directed by Richard Lewis.  Audiences will be socially distanced.

Broadway Books: 10 Monologue Books to Help You Hone Your Acting Chops in Quarantine

Looking to hone your acting chops while stuck inside? Preparing for your next big audition, whenever that may be? We've rounded up 10 monologue books that are sure to fit the bill to help you audition better!

Spotlighters Opens THE FOREIGNER

The Foreigner is a fun, two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue. The story takes place in a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia where two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. The shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip after his sick wife begged him to go.

Hackmatack Announces Summer Season 2020

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Larry Shue has written 3 shows including The Foreigner (Playwright), The Nerd (Playwright), Wenceslas Square (Playwright).

Larry Shue has been nominated for the John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for his work on "The Foreigner".

Larry Shue has won the John Gassner Playwriting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for his play, The Foreigner.

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