"The Foreigner" entertains

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

 

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The Huron Area Community Theatre presentation of Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner” had the audience rolling in the aisles and guessing about what might happen next when it opened last weekend at the Huron Fine Arts Center.

 

 Trey Karlen of De Smet directs the two-act play centering on Charlie, a shy introvert played by Keith Wendland of Arlington. Charlie visits a Georgia fishing lodge searching for privacy. He doesn’t want to be bothered, so he pretends to be a foreigner who doesn’t understand English.

 

 As a result, people speak freely around him and he learns many personal and dangerous secrets.

 

In the beginning, Charlie doesn’t say a lot, but Wendland’s facial expressions throughout the play are priceless as they convey exactly what the character is thinking.

 

Kim Eichacker of De Smet brings troubled young heiress Catherine Simms to life with her sarcastic wit.

 

Huron High school senior Derek Barnes entertains as Catherine’s brother Ellard Simms, who may be smarter than anyone gives him credit for.

 

Diane Clayton keeps things rolling as the accommodating Betty Meeks, proprietor of the fishing lodge.

 

Jim Sznajder is Catherine’s fiancé, the Rev. David Marshall Lee, a man with a secret.

Chuck Mahowald is Charlie’s friend and co-conspirator, the amiable Froggy LeSueur, and John Todd is perfect as Owen Musser, the redneck you’ll love to hate.

 

Kallie Hubbard, Kristy Hubbard and Darla Gay of De Smet and Jacque Brown and Giancarlo Castellanos of Huron rounded out the cast as townspeople.

 

Several volunteers from De Smet and Huron transformed the set into the Meeks Fishing Lodge. Robyn Flickinger of De Smet did the artistic painting for the set.

 

If you didn’t see the play last weekend, you’ll have another chance. “The Foreigner” will be presented again this weekend with evening performances Friday and Saturday and a matinee on Sunday.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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