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Comedy "The Foreigner" to invade Pardoe Theatre Oct. 11-28

Comedy, confusion and conspiracy will combine in the Brigham Young University production of “The Foreigner,” which will take place Oct. 11-28 at 7:30 p.m. on the Pardoe Theatre stage.

A matinee performance will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays.

Tickets are $14 or $9 weeknights and $10 weekends with a BYU or student ID. For selected performances, seats will be $7. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, by calling (801) 422-7664 or by visiting performances.byu.edu.

In this popular comedy directed by theatre and media arts professor Eric Samuelsen, two Englishmen flee to a fishing lodge in the backwoods of Georgia to escape their problems. In an effort to keep his shy friend from uncomfortable situations, Froggy LeSueur tells the owner of the lodge that Charlie Baker doesn’t understand English.

Hilarity ensues when the townspeople begin revealing their secrets to the “foreigner,” who soon knows the whole town’s hush-hush business.

“Although Larry Shue’s ‘The Foreigner’ has become one of American theatre’s most beloved comedies, it would be a mistake to regard it as nothing but entertaining fluff,” Samuelsen said. “Charlie, the shy visitor to Betty’s fishing lodge who is forced to reinvent himself as a ‘foreigner,’ steps into a region, the Deep South, at a time when it was also reinventing itself.”

Dramaturg Julie Volk agreed, saying the play underscores important issues.

“While serving to make us laugh and enjoy life, comedy can also reveal truths,” she said. “Beyond simple entertainment, comedy is effective in teaching serious topics and conveying a deeper meaning.”

The cast includes Joseph Reidhead as the eccentric Froggy, David Smith as Charlie, BreAnne Folkman as lodge owner Betty Meeks, David Bunnell as the Rev. David Marshall Lee and Brittni Bills as Catherine Simms.

Working with Samuelsen and Volk are production stage manager Danielle Palliser, scenic designer Eric Fielding, costume and makeup designer Erika Landeen, lighting designer Rebeccah Roberts and sound designer Troy Sales.

For more information, contact Eric Samuelsen at (801) 422-3305.

Writer: Elizabeth Kasper

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