'The Foreigner' takes stage Feb. 8 in Prosser

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerFebruary 8, 2013 

How about a little laughter to go with your Valentine's Day chocolates this year?

That's what the Valley Theater Company is cooking up for its next play, The Foreigner, which opens Feb. 8 at The Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.

The Foreigner is a hilarious spoof about a timid guy named Charlie who lets his friend Froggy talk him into attending a gathering at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia.

Froggy is a gregarious demolition expert, and Charlie is so painfully shy that he tends to freeze up at the thought of having any kind of conversation with strangers.

Froggy takes the liberty of telling everyone at the lodge that Charlie is from a foreign country and doesn't speak a word of English.

Well, that helps get Charlie off the hook of talking to anyone, but it also puts him into an even more uncomfortable situation when lodgers start talking about private matters in front of him because they believe he has no idea what they are saying.

But when Charlie overhears a couple of guys scheming to take over the lodge by declaring the building condemned and turning it into a meeting place for the Ku Klux Klan, Charlie decides he needs to do something.

"Many revelations are made unintentionally thinking Charlie doesn't understand, and the fact that he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play," said director Mari Page. "And it sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go awry for the bad guys, and the good guys emerge triumphant."

Wiley Farrer plays Froggy and Brad Smith portrays Charlie. The rest of the cast includes Connie Hull as Betty, Heather Ruane as Catherine, Bobby Garcia as the Rev. David, Jack Mariotti as Owen and Connor Bray as Ellard.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-9, 14-16. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for students, active military members and seniors. Tickets are available at Adventures Underground in Richland, Sixth Street Art & Gift Gallery in Prosser, Patnode's True Value in Benton City, Melange's in Sunnyside and Safeway in Grandview.

The Feb. 14 performance includes a dinner prior to the show held in the theater's Green Room. Cost is $35 each, or $60 for couples. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 509-786-2180.

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