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"He doesn't speak English"
Marloo Theatre's production of The Foreigner opened on the 22nd of April and I attended opening night. The atmosphere was pleasant as the theatre was also celebrating Rob Warner's birthday (theatre president and production director) so there were pleasantries all around and no lack of cheese platters either.
Whilst visiting Tilghman County in Georgia, two visiting Englishmen named Froggy (Keith Scrivens) and Charlie (Joe Isaia) stay at the guesthouse of Betty Meeks (Jaqui Warner). To help Charlie with his fear of talking to strangers, Froggy comes up with the plan of telling Betty and the rest of the guests that Charlie is a foreigner and cannot speak a word of English. What follows is a raucous mix of misunderstandings, foreign accents and accidental eavesdropping.
Joe Isaia is a comedic genius, using every inch of his body to perfectly present side splitting physical comedy. There are few jokes in the show but it isn't the jokes that make it funny: it is the interaction of characters, coupled with the insane circumstances they find themselves in. Jacqui Warner makes a loveable Betty and the rest of the cast fit into their roles perfectly.
When Charlie soon finds himself in trouble with a few of the locals, the show took a slight break from comedy. Without giving away too much, there are some themes in the second act that may cause offence to patrons. I was quite surprised to find that there was no notice previously to warn me of this fact nor any attempt to bring it to my attention early on. As a member of the audience, I could see that some other audience members were not happy with this surprise even though they were laughing along with the rest of the show.
Despite this, it is an enjoyable production from director Rob Warner and is definitely worth coming to see.
WARNING: Please note that there are some themes in this production that may cause offence.
The Foreigner plays at Marloo Theatre until the 7th of May 2016. For more information, please head to the the theatre website