September 23, 2013
NEWBERRY — The Newberry Community Players production of the comedy “The Foreigner” opens Sept. 28 at Steven W’s Downtown Bistro.
“I’ve had some good casts before, but this group is really rising to the occasion,” director Chris Well said. “I already know what is going to happen and I still laugh out loud at rehearsal. Everyone is really funny, plus you will recognize all your crazy relatives in these Southern characters.”
“The Foreigner” is a play by Larry Shue, who also wrote the play “The Nerd.” Shue has an affinity for plays about characters that seem out of place but end up the hero in the end.
In “The Foreigner,” a British demolitions expert convinces his shy friend to take a vacation at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. When the shy friend admits he doesn’t want to talk to anyone, the prankster demolition expert tells the natives that his friend is foreign and doesn’t speak any English. Instead of this white lie helping him to fade into the background, “the foreigner” becomes confessor, pupil, celebrity, and eventually hero of the fishing lodge.
“The Foreigner” will be presented Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 and Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. Saturday seating is at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday seating is a 1 p.m. lunch. Tickets include a meal of tea, salad, choice of entree, choice of dessert, tax and gratuity. A cash bar is available.
Tickets are $42 plus a $3 handling fee. Discounted prices are available for groups. Advance tickets are available through the Newberry Opera House Box Office at 803-276-6264 or online at newberryoperahouse.com.