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Obie Award-winning comedy to play in Stamford
By Curtain Call

Sep 13, 2018 - 3:06:24 AM

Bed and breakfast owner, Betty Meeks, (played by Betty McCready) listens intently to Charlie, "the foreigner" (played by Grady Dennis) in Curtain Call's production of THE FOREIGNER, playing in The Dressing Room Theatre September 20 through October 7. (contributed photo)
Kicking off its new season in the Dressing Room Theatre, Stamford, Curtain Call presents Larry Shue’s Obie Award-winning comedy, The Foreigner, playing September 20 through October 7.

In The Foreigner, Charlie, shy and seeking solitude, is on vacation at a Georgia bed and breakfast: he pretends he is a foreigner, understanding no English. However, he soon witnesses bizarre schemes by people (including some Klan members) who think he can’t understand a word they say, leading to confusion and non-stop hilarity that set up a terrifically funny ending!

“When I first saw The Foreigner in the mid - 1980s, I thought it was terrific,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call’s executive director and producer for this production. “I saw it again at several regional theatres over the years, and then, in 2003, I had the privilege of producing it here at Curtain Call. It has been on my list to revisit for quite a while now and I'm thrilled to do it with director Meredith Walker leading the team,” Ursone added. (Walker directed the theatre’s sold out hitSister Act last season.)

While the show is definitely a comedy, some deeper moments and themes are woven through. “It makes you stop and think about how we treat people that we don’t understand…that no matter our backgrounds, we can learn to accept strangers into our lives, and, in many cases, learn from them,” Ursone said.

Rehearsing a scene for THE FOREIGNER at Curtain Call in Stamford are: standing, Betty McCready, seated: Sophie Tiesler and Grady Dennis. THE FOREIGNER will play in The Dressing Room Theatre September 20 through October 7. (contributed photo)
The cast includes Grady Dennis, as Charlie, Scott Ferrara as Owen, Jim Foley as Froggy, Daniel P. Mann as David, Betty McCready as Betty, Nicole Neurohr as Ellie and Sophie Tiesler as Catherine. Production design is by Peter Barbieri, Jr. with costumes by Megan Latte Ormond. Walker and Ursone said that this cast has been terrific to work with and that they have not been able to stop laughing throughout the rehearsals. "We really hope audiences enjoy the show as much as we have," they said.

Performances will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00PM and Sunday afternoons at 2:00PM, beginning September 20 and continuing through October 7. The Dressing Room Theatre is located at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Seating is cabaret-style with a BYOEverything format. Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $17.5 for children. Thrifty Thursday tickets are $27.50. Box Office: 203-461-6358 x 36 or on the web at www.curtaincallinc.com.

Curtain Call's 28th season also includes Mamma Mia, Accomplice, Elf the Musical, A Merry Mulberry Street Musical, and many more full-scale productions, as well as concerts, comedy nights, and interactive murder mysteries. Additional information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-329-8207.

Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops for all ages are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.

Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2018. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

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