College Community Theater The ForeignerBy Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 7th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of College Community Theater’s production of The Foreigner [MP3 5:13 2.4MB].
College Community Theater
Waddell Theater, Sterling, VA
Through April 19th
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of The Foreigner, performed by the College Community Theater at the Waddell Theater at the Northern Virginia Community College Loudon Campus in Sterling, Virginia. Mike and I saw the performance on Saturday evening April 5, 2008.
Mike: This was a very funny show. It had some disturbing images and disturbing plot points. However if you ignore all that, you’ll have a great time. This was a very funny show.
Laura: This show was hysterical. The audience was almost to the point of being annoying. There were times when the laughter was so loud you could not hear the actors on stage. I liked the timing and I thought everyone worked well together. The special effects were hysterical and some of the comedy bit routines were a scream.
Mike: The Foreigner is a comedy by Larry Shue. In a fishing lodge in rural Tilghman County, Georgia, two English men, Froggy and Charlie, arrive as guests. After pleadings from his sick wife, the shy Charlie agreed to accompany Froggy on the trip. When people at the lodge try to talk to Charlie, he cannot find words due to his terrible shyness. Froggy then claims that Charlie cannot talk because he is from an exotic country and does not understand English. Due to his supposed lack of ability to understand English, Charlie soon discovers scandals amongst some of the residents of the lodge.
Laura: The “Foreigner,” Charlie Baker, was played by Phillip Archey. He was hysterical because he had to do a lot of listening throughout the show since he supposedly could not speak English. He did a lot of listening and heard everything that went on at the lodge. He had a hyterical bit in the second act when he told a story in his native “language.” The look on everyone’s face trying to figure out what he was saying along with the annoyance of some of the other people at the lodge was hysterical. We spoke with the director, Dave Wright, after the show and he said the dialogue was scripted that way. I would think that trying to improv that would be really difficult.
Mike: The entire cast did very well in their roles. One part that stood out was Ellard Simms, played by Tommy Linn. Ellard was the younger brother of one of the other guests, Catherine Simms played by Alyssa Jacobsen. Ellard was not too bright, but he was the one who was able to connect with Charlie and teach Charlie how to speak “good English.” There were numerous scenes where Ellard served as the interpreter of Charlie’s funny noises and expressions. Everyone else did not quite get it, but it worked out very well. I’m not going to give anything away, but the breakfast scene was hilarious. It was very subtle. I think something happened that was an oopps, but they improved away from it when some of the food went flying.
Laura: The entire show took place in the gathering area of the lodge. The set was designed by Rick Wilson. There were multi levels because the bedrooms were upstairs and the guests had to go upstairs to their bedrooms. On the main level there was a sofa and lots of hunting gear. It had a very homey feel. Another thing I liked were the special effects. They were great. I’m not going to give anything away. You have to go see this show, but the special effects were very well done and extremely creative.
Mike: There were also some special lighting effects. The Lighting Designer was Virginia A. Croskey. I think they were fine. They definitely added to the feeling of the show and the special effects that were done with lights helped a lot. There were a couple lamps that looked like candles up on one wall. The only thing missing would have been a giant wooden chandelier over the dining table. That would have been tough to do. However, it was a really nice lodge in the middle of nowhere in Georgia.
Laura: One of the sub plots involved the Ku Klux Klan which I found a little bit disturbing as well as dated.
Mike: The Foreigner was pretty timeless except for the reference to the Ku Klux Klan. It did not feel very 2008-ish. Maybe going back about twenty years it would have felt right. I remember when the KKK marched in Montgomery County, Virginia in the late 80’s. Laura thinks they marched once in the mid 90’s as well in the Blacksburg area. But I have not heard anything out of them since then, which is a good thing. That did date the show a little bit. It was still very funny. You don’t want to get too deep into thinking about some of the plot points or thinking about the deeper meaning of the show. It was just a really funny show.
Laura: The Foreigner is playing through Saturday, April 19. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 pm at the Waddell Theater of the Northern Virginia Community College Loudon Campus in Sterling Virginia. The show lasted two hours and fifty minutes with one intermission. I do recommend you go see this show. It was really funny.
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Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Charlie Baker: Phillip Archey
- S/Sgt. “Froggy” LeSueur: Tim Griffin
- Catherine Simms: Alyssa Jacobsen
- Klansman: Wayne Jacques
- Betty Meeks: Vicki Sanders-Johnson
- Ellard Simms: Tommy Linn
- Owen Musser: Cory Okouchi
- Dev. David Marshall Lee: Faqir Qarghah
- Director: Dave Wright
- Assistant Director/Catherine Understudy: Julia Cowell
- Producer: Natalie V. Safley
- Stage Manager: Laura Moody
- Production Assistant: Jeffery Miller
- Rehearsal Assistant: Michelle Cortright
- Lighting Designer: Virginia A. Croskey
- Light Board Operator/Props: Earl A. Boatman
- Lighting Hang and Focus: SPD136 Class
- Sound Designer/Sound Board operator: Paige Mixon
- Props: Jeff Bender
- Costumes: Joy Stratton
- Technical Director/Set Design/Master Carpenter: Rick Wilson
- Asst. Technical Director/Asst. Master Carpenter: Josh Young
- Set Construction/Painting: Tia Anderson, Earl Boatman, Mary Boatman, Jacob Cobb, Kim Estabrook, Don Frew, Anthony Frayne, TJ Harvey, Kyle McCray, Kent McKee, Drake Miller, Rachel Russell, Josh Young
- Hair Design: Katie Freund
- Makeup Design: Asher Miller
- Production Assistant: Allison Sovey
- House Manager: Stacy Rice
- House and Box Office: Belal Almoualem, Omid Azizaldin, Chris Blake, Curtis Boggs, Devon Bowden, Bryan Brown, Kelly Carter, Anita Castro, Kim Estabrook, Ian Evans, Ann Gucwa, Jenny Hagerup, AJ Jaghori, Ryan Johnsey, Charleen Johnson, Jared Lindsay, Nick Longworth, Justin Marsten, Carolyn Miller, Samira Nikain, Dan Otero, Adam Pennybaker, Sarah Prescott, Shedy Qamar, Matthew Randall, Liyana Rishey, Natalie Safely, Kristen Schneider, Wais Shoja, Betzaida, Silva, Greg Stuarrt, Yesenia Villalta, Lacie Wheeler, Rick Wilson, Scott Yurivilca
- Poster Design: Nick Arey
- Program Design: Matthew Randall
- Production Photographer: Laura Moody
- CCT Advisory Committee: Matthew Randall, Stacy Rice, Natalie V. Safley, Scott Wood and Dave Wright
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.