7 Reasons You Should See ‘The Foreigner’

Learn why you should check out the two-act comedy now playing at Rollins’ Annie Russell Theatre until October 1.

Rollins students perform The Foreigner at the Annie Russell Theatre. (Photo by Scott Cook) Rollins students perform The Foreigner at the Annie Russell Theatre. (Photo by Scott Cook)

It’s a throwback to the ’80s

It’s 1983, to be exact—the same year the DeLorean Motor Company produced the last batch of its iconic car. The actors wear costumes to suit the time, all designed by Rollins costume designer Seth Schrager. The tucked-in collared shirts, the large glasses, and the facial hair are positively vintage.

The lead character speaks in an entirely made-up language

The show follows a quiet, down-in-the-dumps Englishman named Charlie who avoids speaking with others during a trip to Georgia. To protect Charlie, his friend Froggy tells people that Charlie doesn’t speak any English because he is foreign. Thanks to this cover story, Charlie is eventually forced to keep up appearances with a pretend language, which he speaks through the whole show.

And speaking of language, there’s a lot to be said for it here

From a stately English accent to a working-class Georgian dialect, this show is filled to the brim with examples of why how a person says something matters. It informs the characters’ interactions and shows just how critical social dynamics and regionalisms can be in communication.

The set is on point

Designed by Artist-In-Residence Lisa Cody-Rapport, the set is an archetypal fishing lodge in rural Georgia. The walls are lined with photographs, books, knickknacks, and other odd items—not to mention paintings of fish everywhere you look.

The special effects will surprise you

Now, I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are some special effects that will blow you away. I can tell you that there is a thunderstorm onstage, with tons of rain and thunder and lightning and soaking wet actors. And that’s just the first scene!

It’s relevant

Joking and poking fun at the dichotomy of Americans and non-Americans, the show deals with racial tensions and xenophobia in an artfully comedic way. A surprise entrance by a particularly recognizable group leads to the grand finale of the play. You’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out.

It’s a laugh-out-loud hilarious comedy (in a smart way)

Every line in the show is either a joke or a setup for a joke, and the humor is constant and diverse. From creative made-up words and slapstick to small interactions between the characters, the show is packed with laughs.
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The Foreigner Showtimes

September 28 – 30 at 8 p.m.
October 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20, with discounts available for students, seniors, and Rollins alumni. To purchase tickets, call 407-646-2145 or visit the theatre’s online box office.

Rollins students perform The Foreigner at the Annie Russell Theatre. (Photo by Scott Cook) Rollins students perform The Foreigner at the Annie Russell Theatre. (Photo by Scott Cook)