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Larry Shue - obituary

 

Playwright Killed in Plane Crash

UPI (United Press International)
September 25, 1985

WEYERS CAVE, Va. -- Playwright Larry Shue, who has hit comedies currently running in New York and England, was one of 14 people killed in a commuter airplane crash.

Shue, 38, the author of and actor in several comedies, died Monday when a twin-engine plane crashed into the 2,700-foot Hall Mountain in the George Washington National Forest.

Shue's play, 'The Nerd,' had a hit run in London in 1984 and is now touring England.

Shue appeared in Joseph Papp's production of the 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' this summer in New York and was scheduled to appear in the musical when it opened on Broadway in November.

Shue's most successful comedy, 'The Foreigner,' was produced in Los Angeles, New York and Milwaukee.

Shue had begun work on a screenplay of 'The Foreigner' for Walt Disney studios. The American Theater Critics Association named it one of the best plays produced in the regional theater during the 1983-84 season. The play now has the fifth-longest run on off-Broadway.

Shue, a native of New Orleans, grew up in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and graduated from the Illinois Wesleyan University.

He worked as an actor at the Harlequin Dinner Theater in Rockville, Md., and joined the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in 1977. He turned to playwriting in 1979 at Dillon's suggestion.

'I write plays out of embarrassment, because I have a deadline and I can't get out of it,' Shue said. 'I generally write them either about my personal experiences, or I find an interesting character and try to fill in the world around him.'

Shue recently moved from Milwaukee to New York. He died on a trip from Olney, Md., where 'The Foreigner' had opened at a dinner theater, to a Virginia farm left to him by his grandfather.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.