Phoenix Stage Company, Oakville: Not all heroes wear capes. Some of the most unlikely heroes manage to save the day without ever taking flight or speeding faster than a train. Consider Charlie Baker, the protagonist in The Foreigner, a farce by actor/playwright Larry Shue. Charlie is a shy and boring Englishman. He’s so boring that his wife, who has had 23 lovers since marrying, him has asked his good friend Froggy LeSueur to take him to America while she recuperates in an English hospital. It is in a backwoods fishing lodge in Georgia where Charlie’s life takes a turn that he never imagined and where he becomes a most unlikely hero.
The Foreigner is currently on the boards at the Phoenix Stage Company in Oakville. The capable cast under the direction of Donna Storms reveals the well developed characters in this fun-filled farce. Chuck Stango, a local actor who has captivated many an audience in his numerous performances, continues to do so as the shy Charlie Baker in this production. When we first meet Charlie, Stango creates a sad sack look that leaves no doubt in the audience’s collective mind that this is a shy and awkward guy. However, knowing Stango’s penchant for hamming it up, it doesn’t take long before the actor turns the character upside down and inside out to reveal a lovable comic hero.