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Comedic performance at Tannery Pond

Cast of the Our Town Teatre Group for Larry Shue’s The Foreigner performance.  From Left: Dan Studnicky, Mary Ellen Dowling, Hannah Jay, Dennis Wilson, Mike Corey, John Gable.

Cast of the Our Town Teatre Group for Larry Shue’s The Foreigner performance. From Left: Dan Studnicky, Mary Ellen Dowling, Hannah Jay, Dennis Wilson, Mike Corey, John Gable.

—  Our Town Theatre Group will host a performance of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner on March 21,22, and 23rd at the Tannery Pond Community Center Lyle Dye Auditorium.

The Foreigner has received high praise from a wide variety of audiences.

“I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.” — The New Yorker

“…a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life…” — The Village Voice

“Shue’s comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of sentimentality…He has raided comedy’s storehouse…” — The Bergen Record

The Foreigner brings audiences to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations 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 cast includes Hannah Jay from North River, Dan Studnicky from North Creek, Dennis Wilson from Chestertown, Mary Ellen Dowling of Blue Mountain Lake, Mike Corey of Minerva, John Gable of Lake George, and Jordan Hornstein of Long Lake. OTTG’s The Foreigner is directed by guest director Jordan Hornstein. Production management is by Judy Stafford and Eric Potter. Trish Gardner stage manages the show. Costumes are by Robin Jay and Jane Castaneda.

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