From Dramatists Play Service:
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by "Froggy" LeSeuer, 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 and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the "bad guys," and
the "good guys" emerge triumphant.
Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-
Broadway Production. An inspired comic romp, equal in inventive hilarity to the author's classic comedy
The Nerd, the present play enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Milwaukee before moving on to a long run Off-
Broadway. Based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what
can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no
"Something funny is going on in Milwaukee—to the delight of audiences at the Milwaukee Repertory
"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another." —The New Yorker.
"…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…" —Village Voice.
"Shue's comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has
raided comedy's storehouse…" —Bergen Record.