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The Foreigner

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Larry Shue

COMPANY : Lionheart Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : College Street Playhouse
ID# 5049

SHOWING : March 17, 2017 - April 02, 2017

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

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. Nonstop hilarity!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Scott King
Set design Tanya Moore
Owen Musser James H. Burke
Catherine Simms Rebecca Winker Spring
Betty Meeks Amy Szymanski
Froggy LeSueur Billy Woods
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REVIEWS

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Comedy Tonight
by playgoer
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
4.5
Lionheart Theatre Company’s production of "The Foreigner" hits all the comic highlights in Larry Shue’s script and adds a few along the way. Director Scott King has formed the talented, well-cast members of his cast into a formidable ensemble that work together beautifully. The action takes place in a lovely set designed by Tanya Moore, complete with windows and stonework that truly give the feel of a backwoods Georgia bed-and-breakfast. Gary White’s lighting and Bob Peterson’s sound design complement the action without being intrusive, fading in lightning and rain sound effects as people enter from outside.

Accents are good across the board, with Billy Woods’ cockney as Froggy LeSueur and Grant Carden’s standard English as Charlie Baker contrasting with the Southern accents used by the rest of the cast. Costumes, by Lyn Farraiolo and Tiffany Broxton, also help to distinguish nationality and social position.

Performances are all strong. Amy Szymanski is a bundle of energy as Betty Meeks, in direct contrast to her complaints that she’s doing poorly. Rebecca Winker Spring is an unbridled force of nature as Catherine Simms, while Bridger Trent is all sweet befuddlement as her brother Ellard Simms. Jackson C. Trent is thoroughly convincing as slick Rev. David Marshall Lee and contrasts nicely with James H. Burke’s superstitious bigot Owen Musser. Billy Woods’ cheery and sometimes sardonic delivery fits Froggy beautifully, and Grant Carden makes Charlie a thoroughly sympathetic character.

Mr. King has blocked the action to keep sightlines clear and to keep things moving right along. A few lines have been changed to reflect set dressing, but mostly the existing lines are turned with an extra comic edge. Even at the climactic scene, when a Ku Klux Klan invasion has taken place, things are played for obvious comedy, draining suspense from the scene. But when there’s this much comedy going on, who needs anything else? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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