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American Comedy Comes to Caine Lyric

Monday, Jul. 10, 2017


The Foreigner, opened Friday, July 7. The show is directed by Lacy J. Dunn.


The last show in repertory at the Caine Lyric Theatre this summer, The Foreigner, opened Friday, July 7. The show is directed by Lacy J. Dunn.

The Foreigner was voted the Best New American Play more than 30 years ago and euphoric joy and laughter have been the consistent response to the play ever since. Charlie, a shy visitor from the United Kingdom, hides out in a Georgia fishing lodge pretending to have no knowledge of English to maintain his privacy. Soon, he knows everyone’s secrets, and when a peculiar resident with good intentions attempts to “teach” him English, the results are side-splittingly hilarious.

“My favorite aspect of The Foreigner is how beautifully the playwright, Larry Shue, has blended moments of outright comedy with truly heartfelt connections between characters,” Dunn said. “With each character, Shue shows that being human is both lovely and silly, and that no matter who you are, you can fit in somewhere.”

Along with directing this show, Dunn is also acting in Wait Until Dark, and says it’s been exciting and challenging.

“It’s certainly my busiest season so far and I’m having a blast,” Dunn said. “I’m directing my husband, Chris, for the first time and it’s great; I boss him around at home all the time and with The Foreigner, it’s officially my job to do so.”

Dunn and her husband, Chris Klinger, have returned to the Lyric Rep for 3 and 4 seasons consecutively.

“I come back to the Lyric Rep because of the people, both in the company and who make up our audiences,” Dunn said. “The collaboration between company members, production and design teams and everyone working here is one of the warmest, friendliest, most generous I’ve ever experienced in this business. The audiences are so supportive and enthusiastic about the work we do.”

The Foreigner cast includes: Cameron Blankenship (Ellard Simms); Katie Francis (Catherine Simms); Michael W.D. Francis (Froggy LeSueur); Chris Klinger (Charlie Baker); Christobal Iniguez Perez (Owen Musser); Vicki Pugmire (Betty Meeks) and Mitch Shira (Reverend David Lee).

Opening July 7, The Foreigner runs on select dates through August 1. Also part of the Lyric Rep 2017 season are The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised], Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Wait Until Dark.

For more information and tickets, call 435-797-8022, go online to lyricrep.org or visit the Caine Lyric Theatre Box Office in downtown Logan at 28 West Center Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain on show nights.

Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte, whitney.schulte@usu.edu, 435-797-9203





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