The Foreigner at Shakespeare
Englishman Charlie Baker, coping with a family crisis, is seeking solitude at a resort-style fishing lodge in rural Georgia while he sorts out his problems. To avoid the need to make conversation with other guests vacationing at the lodge, Charlie feigns to be is the shy native of an exotic country who does not speak a word of English.
However, as playwright Larry Shue would have it, the make-believe foreigner soon witnesses bizarre schemes by people whose guard is down because they think he can’t understand anything they are saying. From there, the plot takes the audience to scenes of utter confusion and non-stop hilarity bringing the curtain down on one of the funniest endings in all of theatre.
“The Foreigner,” called by one theater critic “a charming comedy about the magic of kindness,” plays from June 29 to October 13 in the Randall L. Jones on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Performed at this beautiful, indoor venue, an easy 50-mile drive north of downtown St. George on the I-15 freeway, this is one of 9 shows being offered as part of this year’s world-renowned Utah Shakespearean Festival.
Tickets are available online at www.bard.org but don’t wait too long. USF quickly sells out most of their shows every year.
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