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Larry Shue - obituary


Larry Shue, 39, Dies; Playwright and Actor

New York Times
September 25, 1985

Larry Shue, a playwright and actor, was killed in the crash of a commuter airplane in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park on Monday morning. Mr. Shue was 39 years old and lived in Manhattan.

His comedy, The Foreigner, has been running since last November at the Astor Place Theater.

As an actor, Mr. Shue was seen most recently in the featured role of the Rev. Mr. Crisparkle in last summer's New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Mr. Shue, who was born in New Orleans, attended the theater arts program at Illinois Wesleyean University, where he graduated in 1968. After serving in the Army, he joined the Harlequin Dinner Theaters of Washington and Atlanta. In 1977 he joined the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, remaining with the company for seven years as an actor and then as resident playwright. The theater produced the world premieres of his plays, Grandma Duck Is Dead, Wenceslas Square, The Foreigner and The Nerd, which recently concluded its engagement at London's Aldwych Theater.

Mr. Shue performed in his own work as well as that of other playwrights, creating the role of ''Froggy'' LeSeuer in ''The Foreigner'' when it opened and later stepping into the title role when Anthony Heald took a leave of absence from the production.

At the time of his death, Mr. Shue was at work on a screenplay of The Foreigner for Disney Productions, and was also working on a musical. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Shue of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and his sister Jackie.