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Picture someone who's shy and doesn't like to meet people and then imagine how that disadvantage might be turned into a side-splitting comedy. It's all part of Serial Productions' latest show The Foreigner, written by US playwright Larry Shue and directed by Rob Warner at the Old Mill Theatre. Taking place in a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, Englishmen Froggy and Charlie arrive as guests but Charlie is terribly shy, depressed about his wife's illness and cannot find the words to reply to people. The Foreigner has previously won two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. It's second-time around for Warner who made his directing debut with the comedy at Marloo Theatre in 2016, picking up the Yvonne Lynch Breakthrough Award, David Crewes Award for best set and nominations for best director and best play, at the annual Finley Awards. Joining Marloo Theatre in 1993, initially just to keep an eye on his kids, Warner has been involved ever since and has spent the past 12 years as president. He mainly works as a stage manager and has branched out with other companies including the Old Mill, KADS, Regal, Rechabites and Stirling Theatres and the Graduate Dramatic Society. More recently, Warner directed a sell-out season of Wife After Death for Serial Productions at the Old Mill Theatre and The Anniversary for Marloo Theatre. The Foreigner plays at 8pm August 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18 with 2pm matinees August 5 and 12. Tickets are $25, $22 concession book at www.trybooking.com. On August 4, 50 per cent proceeds will go to the WA Heart and Lung Transplant Foundation. The heritage-listed Old Mill Theatre is on the corner of Mends Street and Mill Point Road, South Perth (opposite the Windsor Hotel and Australia Post).