The foreigner gets an earful in new comedy

The cast of Big Dawg's play 'The Foreigner.'
The cast of Big Dawg's play 'The Foreigner.'
Laughter abounds in Big Dawg's play 'The Foreigner.'
Laughter abounds in Big Dawg's play 'The Foreigner.'
Two cast members rehearse for Big Dawg's play 'The Foreigner.'
Two cast members rehearse for Big Dawg's play 'The Foreigner.'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - If you're looking to laugh, Big Dawg's Cape Fear Playhouse may be the place.

"We crack each other up every night doing this," said actor Charlie Robertson.

What they're doing is performing Larry Shue's play The Foreigner. It's set in a 1980s fishing lodge in Georgia full of a whole host of personalities, including a property manager, minister and his fiance, her slightly slow brother, and the title character of the foreigner.

"Charlie is a little agoraphobic and has a bit of an issue with conversation and talking to people," said actor Ashley Grantham. "So his friend decides, well I think I'm going to make it so that you don't have to talk to anybody, so he tells the other characters in the play that this person, his friend, can't speak English."

"There's bizarre things going on and since the characters believe Charlie can't speak English they say whatever they would behind your back," said Robertson.

"Hilarity ensues and everybody tells him their secrets and tells him all kinds of crazy things," said Grantham. "Charlie gets to see a lot of these characters' personalities. He gets to see the dual sides of the minister, of the property inspector, and sort of the things about them that make them not so nice."

And so does the audience. They're in on everything, and it's easy to see how this situation could get out of hand and hilarious.

"The audience is definitely sure to laugh a lot," said Grantham.

"I honestly believe that if people come out to see this, it will be one of their favorite plays," said Robertson.

The Foreigner

  • June 7-9, 14-16, 21-23
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • June 10, 17, 24
  • 3:00pm
  • Cape Fear Playhouse
  • 613 Castle Street

For tickets, call (910) 367-5347 or click here.