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Southern comedy ‘The Foreigner’ hits FAC stage

Posted: May 3, 2018 2:01 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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‘The Foreigner,’ Charlie, played by David Wilhite (left) seems to experience communication breakdown with Ellard, played by Wade Tosh.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County and the Camden Community Theatre will present Larry Shue’s Southern comedy, The Foreigner for this weekend only. Evening performances will be through Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be one matinee performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. The Foreigner is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network in Camden. Tickets are on sale now and are $18 for adults and $15 for students.

The Foreigner cast includes Rob Snell as Froggy, David Wilhite as Charlie Baker, Pat Young as Betty Meeks, Chris Matney as Rev. David Marshall Lee, Kim Scott as Catherine, Bill Dewitt as Owen and Wade Tosh as Ellard. Production crew includes stage manager Amanda Britt, set designer Sam Hetler, properties manager Selena Ann Page-Black, and producer Bryant Barrett.

Written by Larry Shue, the comedy revolves around “foreigner” Charlie, who just wants to be left alone in this small B&B in rural Georgia. His best friend, Froggy, makes that possible -- before he leaves Charlie to his own devices -- by telling everyone that Charlie is a foreigner and does not speak or understand any English. Hilarity ensues as once alone, the fun really begins. Charlie overhears more than he should -- revelations are made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does, fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

The Foreigner premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 1984 where it ran for 686 performances. The play eventually won two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Tragically, Shue died in a plane crash the following year, not living to see the continued popularity of The Foreigner.

For tickets or more information call (803) 425-7676, visit the FAC office at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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