Playhouse 2000, Kerrville’s Community Theater, is wrapping up its five-play 2015 season with one of The Hill Country’s favorite comedies, Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner.” A three-weekend run begins Friday, Oct. 30 ,at The VK Garage Theater.
Due to the desire for all of the cast and crew to have Halloween with their families, the first weekend will have a single performance on Friday, Oct. 30. The missing show will be made up with a special Thursday night performance the second week at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The regular schedule at
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, will hold through the final performance on Nov. 15.
“The Foreigner” relates the story of meek Charlie Baker, a British man, who has come to a quiet fishing lodge as a guest of his friend, “Froggy” LeSeur, who decided Charlie needed some time away from his difficult home life. Because Charlie is painfully shy, “Froggy” convinces the folks at the lodge that he has come from a very exotic land, and speaks no English at all — this way, Charlie will be left alone to get a real rest.
Unfortunately, other frequenters of the lodge, including Betty Meeks, the gregarious owner, and Catherine Simms, a very pregnant young heiress, don’t mind that Charlie supposedly doesn’t understand and talk to him anyway. He also has some fun interacting with Catherine’s somewhat “slow” brother, Ellerd, and overhears the conversations between Catherine’s intended, the Rev. David Simms, and local ruffian, Owen Musser.
It’s those conversations Charlie overhears that lead to the comedy’s climax, and even the local branch of the KKK gets in on the action.
The cast includes “Mitch” Mitchell in the title role as Charlie, Michael Stannard as his pal, Froggy, Katharine Boyette as the strident Catherine and Andy Redus as her brother, Ellard. Christopher Vanderveer plays the Rev. Lee, and married couple Barbara and Russell French portray Betty Meeks and Owen Musser.
The crowd of community members at the end of the show includes P2K regulars Paula Karl and Joan Bryson, as well as some “special guest stars,” who will be surprises during the run of the show.
The show has been directed by Jim Boman, whose long experience in the theater includes being the first person named into the Texas Theater Teacher Hall of Fame. He is ably assisted by stage manager Carole Weatherred and props mistress Connie Lucas.
The VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St., is an intimate part of the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts. With only 100 seats available, reservations for all performances are recommended by calling 896-9393 or visiting www.playhouse2000.com.