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Patio Playhouse Stages Comic Romp ‘The Foreigner’

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foreignerPatio Playhouse stages The Foreigner, Larry Shue’s popular comic romp. The play opens Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 15

Charlie, a painfully shy man who reluctantly accompanies his friend on a trip to a rural Georgia hunting lodge, pretends to neither speak nor understand English to avoid interacting with fellow guests. He is stunned and amazed by the things people will confide to “a foreigner.”

The Foreigner
Presented by Patio Playhouse
Oct. 23 – Nov. 15
Tickets: $7-$14

201 East Grand Ave., Suite 1D (In Escondido)
Box office: (760) 746-6669

1 Comment

  1. Jay Masterson

    November 1, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Wow! If you’re looking for a great evening of theater, I highly recommend seeing The Foreigner at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido. The cast of seven brought Shue’s tale of mistaken identity to life. I caught the Friday evening performance on 10/30, and I must say the cast was tight. Brian Weissman’s “Charlie” started out as a bland little man, but his growth unfolded as I watched. His scenes with military friend Dennis “Froggy” Schamp were priceless, and the two played off of each other beautifully. The bitchy little “Catherine,” as portrayed by Alia DelRossi, was spot on, as was the change in her personality as she warmed up to Charlie’s presence at the inn. The evil duo of Wes “David” Jackson and JJ “Owen” Rowley gave me goosebumps – JJ gave Owen just enough country hick to make him seem less powerful than he turned out to be, and Wes’ use of deadpan delivery kept David’s true nature hidden until the very end. I thought that the brother, “Ellard,” played by Justin Addison, showed hidden intelligence. Justin had just the right combination of simpleton and scholar. For me, however, the show was stolen by Vesta “Betty” Gleissner. Her cute little southern accent, her flirtatious nature with Froggy, and her motherly nature with Ellard and Catherine, were beautiful. She can come cook me grits and eggs anytime. I cannot say enough about this show, and you only have two more weekends to see it. Get here now!

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