Review: ‘The Foreigner’ keeps audience laughing through entire show

Steena Hymes

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Lafayette Society for Performing Arts debuted “The Foreigner” last night directed by Molly Fitzsimmons and lead by a familiar cast to the LSPA stage

The show drove lots of laughs from the audience and was an altogether entertaining presentation.

Written by Larry Shue, the play follows several guests at a lodge while they spill their secrets to Charlie Baker, pretending to be a foreigner who doesn’t speak English. The town is full of scandal, which Charlie learns all about from loose-lipped residents who assume he doesn’t understand anything.

Ben Sasser delivered a comedic performance as Charlie, a down-and-out and dull man who finds his confidence along the way.

Melissa Stanley, a familiar face to the LSPA, was charming in her portrayal as Betty Meeks and her infatuation with the “foreigner.”

The standout of the show was Jeff Sargent in his role as Owen Musser. Sargent played the scheming and sleazy nemesis to Betty brilliantly. His lines were delivered with comedic genius paired with his talent of physical comedy. No doubt he was the favorite among audiences.

“I thought it was funny … well directed,” Barry Kennedy said. “(Jeff Sargent) absolutely stole the show.”

The younger cast members did well to keep up with fan favorites Stanley and Sargent. Rebeccah Nolon debuted her first performance with the LSPA last night, playing Catherine Sims, and showed that she may be on the road to becoming a regular.

The climax and ending of the play brought out an unexpected and a bit bizarre plot, however Fitzsimmons and the cast kept the laughs coming all through it.

“I think it was very entertaining,” Ann Adamson said. “The actors who appeared before did an excellent job like they always do like (Stanley) and (Sargent) and the new ones were very interesting.”

The play will show again today and Saturday, and Feb. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call LSPA at 706-882-9909 for reservations.


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