Curtain Call in Stamford opens season with 'The Foreigner'

Rehearsing a scene for

Rehearsing a scene for "The Foreigner" at Curtain Call in Stamford are Sophie Tiesler, left, Betty McCready and Grady Dennis. The show is at the Dressing Room Theatre Sept. 20-Oct. 7.

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Kicking off its new season in the Dressing Room Theatre in Stamford, Curtain Call is staging Larry Shue’s Obie Award-winning comedy “The Foreigner.”

In “The Foreigner,” Charlie, shy and seeking solitude, is on vacation at a Georgia bed and breakfast, where 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 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.”

While the show is definitely a comedy, Ursone said in a news release, 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.

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.

The Dressing Room Theatre is at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. Thursday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Oct. 7. Thursdays-Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Cabaret seating with a BYOEverything format. $35, $25 seniors, $17.50 children. 203-461-6358, ext. 36;