Foreigners descent upon comedy troupe stage this weekend

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AMHERST – Kindness and duplicity contend with each other in The Foreigner, a comedy with a dark side, performed by the Amherst Comedy Troupe this weekend at the Wandlyn Inn.

A diverse cast of characters staying at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia provides drama and comedy in The Foreigner, an Amherst Comedy Troupe production. Actors in the play include: Mark Raddin (on floor), Brenda Hornsby (in rocking chair), and (standing, from left) Christian Laurette, Jeff Tees, Kathy Legere and Ronnie Rayworth. Missing from photo, Stephen LeBlanc.

AMHERST – Kindness and duplicity contend with each other in The Foreigner, a comedy with a dark side, performed by the Amherst Comedy Troupe this weekend at the Wandlyn Inn.

“It’s a good vs. evil sort of play,” said Mark Raddin, the plays producer.

“Some of these people aren’t too bright but even if you aren’t too bright doesn’t mean you have to be bad,” added Raddin. “A lot of people who aren’t too bright have a good heart, and some people are just bad.”

Larry Shue, an American playwright, wrote the play, and it premiered in 1983.

The play was a success but that success was short-lived for Shue. He, along with 13 other people, died in a plane crash two year’s after the premier of the play.

Raddin says the play has a lot of situational comedy.

“I picked the play because it’s much like a play I would write, and other people say it’s like a play I would write,” said Raddin.

The play is about two Englishmen who come to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia.

One of the Englishmen is quite shy and doesn’t want to talk to anybody, so his friend tells everybody at the lodge he doesn’t speak English.

“He hears a lot of stuff he shouldn’t hear because people think he can’t understand what they’re saying but he can,” said Raddin.

The play features a broad cast of characters, including an elderly widow who owns the resort, an ex-debutante, a simple-minded brother, and a racist.

“There’s racism in the play but it shows just how stupid racism is,” said Raddin.

Unlike many of the plays performed by the Amherst Comedy Troupe, this play is not a musical, but it does feature most of the veteran actors and actresses Raddin usually works with.

They are Raddin, Jeff Tees, Brenda Hornsby, Kathy Legere, Stephen LeBlanc, Ronnie Rayworth and Christian Laurette.

“We’re Mark’s seasoned actors,” said Laurette. “We’re extra crispy with a dash of salt.”

The play has a running time of two hours.

The first performance is Thursday and it runs Friday and Saturday as well.

Doors open at the Scotia Room at the Wandlyn Inn at 7 p.m. and the play starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door or they can be reserved by calling the Wandlyn Inn at 667-3331 or by call Mark Raddin at 660-2630.

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Wandlyn Inn, Scotia Room

Geographic location: Georgia

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