ALTON — “The Foreigner,” a comedy by Larry Shue, runs March 10-20 at the Alton Little Theater Showplace.
The story takes place in a ﬁshing lodge in rural Tilgham County, Ga., where two Englishman, Froggy (Gary Wilson) and Charlie (David Boase), arrive as guests. Charlie, a proofreader by trade, is shy and depressed by his wife’s illness. He just wants to hide out and not communicate with anyone. Froggy explains to Betty (Carol Hodson), who runs the lodge, that Charlie cannot “talk” because he is a foreigner from an exotic country and does not understand English. The lodge’s guests Catherine (Robyn Couch); her ﬁancé, the Rev. David Lee (Andrew Richards); and her brother, Ellard (Steven Harders), quickly begin revealing their secrets and Charlie soon discovers scandals among some of the residents, including Owen Musser (Jeff Pruett), a crude, volatile racist. Overriding the laughter and amusing antics of these characters is the notion that people can transform others’ lives by really listening to them, caring for them and afﬁrming them.
The ALT stage once again has been transformed by master technician Kevin Frakes. The set is replete with rustic charm, wooden beams, trap door, ﬁreplace and country trappings. Diana Kay manages backstage, which includes rustling up fried chicken and grits, whiskey, and assorted weapons wielded by the Ku Klux Klan, who threaten this peaceful place. Jeff Pruett creates lights and shadows and Chrissy Harders controls the sunshine and storms during performances. Gary Wilson serves as assistant director. Diana Enloe directs the play.