Audience and critic responses for THE FOREIGNER.
"I laughed and laughed and laughed some more. I couldn’t hear myself laughing because everyone in the packed audience was laughing right along with me. The only surprise was that the actors weren’t laughing. Deadpan comedy, slapstick and very witty repartee. Every form of humour known seemed to play across the stage. And I loved it!" | William Hay, Blog
"It’s good to have tears trickling down your cheeks from laughter." | JB, audience email
"Stellar. Hilarious. Masterful timing. The interplay among the characters was truly magical. The dialogue and its delivery was artful in its entirety. I was engaged, entertained, enthralled and laughed ‘til my sides hurt. As an aside, it was fun to be a part of so many audience members wiping away their tears of laughter and their out-loud guffaws, chuckles and open-faced delight. A gift of wonderful comedy and a joy to experience. Ed Wynn (OLD actor long since passed) on his death bed was asked if it was hard to die. His last works are reputed to have been, “Yep, dyin’s hard. But comedy’s harder!”.
This troupe of actors did comedy proud and made it look easy! I am coming back to see it again…and bringing some more friends to experience the outrageous glee.
Thanks for all you Pacific Theatre folks do to enhance the lives of us mere mortals in your audience. We are humbled and in awe." | Bill Chalmers, audience email
"Larry Shue’s The Foreigner is a madcap, hilarious, and thoroughly heartwarming evening of entertainment. Featuring the most ludicrous of premises and characters bordering on cartoons, the piece could easily play out as a run-of-the-mill farce. An underlying tenderness and off-kilter wit elevate the work however, transforming it into a deeply memorable experience." | Brian Paterson, Laura Murray PR
"The Foreigner is a good ol’ yarn. And there are some terrific comic performances in this Pacific Theatre production. ... Peter Carlone makes a superlative Ellard ... Erla Faye Forsyth’s work as Betty, the innkeeper, is every bit as sincere, nuanced, and funny ... John Voth is also strong as Charlie—almost balletic at times in his comic movement." | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
"If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Pacific Theatre, see The Foreigner. Laugh and forget about the realities of life for a few hours. Then pause to reflect on what things are like when they really aren’t what they seem to be." | Leonard Klassen, The MB Herald
"Then there were all the actors - each one of them bringing something special to the stage, not one weak link amongst them. This is one solid show that is not to be missed! ... The Foreigner is fantastic, and you simply must go see it!" | Alan Woo, Fun Fun Vancouver
"It was thoroughly entertaining and it was good to laugh. There is always a message to be had a midst the laughter, we all have a personality and gifts but just need something to bring it out into the forefront." | Linda Funk, audience email
"If the grey skies are making you feel blue, Pacific Theatre has a show for you. It’s such a sure-fire winner that this is the third time the company’s artistic director Ron Reed has included it in Pacific Theatre’s season; the first time was in 1995, the second in 2001. With one exception, this is a completely new production and that one exception is one of this show’s best features: Erla Faye Forsyth is Betty, the proprietor of a backwoods Georgia, USA fishing lodge. Forsyth reprises the role she played back in 1995; she was hilarious then as a mousy little widow fighting city hall over building codes and she’s every bit as funny, maybe even funnier, now that Forsyth is a little older. She adds such exquisite detail to her characterization that Betty is just bursting with idiosyncrasy: the way she touches her hair or musses ‘the foreigner’s’ hair, the way she cocks her head or frowns – it’s always such a rich, fully-formed picture." | Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
"You will laugh, at times nearly hysterically. Go see it! The play is Pacific Theatre’s gift to a city that needs to laugh, and to enjoy being a community." | Margaret Ritchie, Church of Vancouver
"This was one of my favorite performances at PT. I thought the casting was perfect and thoroughly enjoyed the great laughs. Excellent!!" | Tracy Cudmore, email
"John Voth is coruscating as the mercurial Charlie, transforming from accidentally funny to physically hilarious. Pacific Theatre season apprentice Ryan Scramstad displays innate stage presence and natural comic timing... Kaitlin Williams shows off her flexibility as Catherine evolving from pessimistic to sanguine." | John Jane, Review Vancouver
"It's been a long time since my friends and I have enjoyed entertainment where we have laughed so much. The Foreigner is a 'Must See"." | Susan Le Page, audience email
"Pacific Theatre opened their 30th season with the much loved and often remounted 1983 Larry Shue play The Foreigner to much positive effect. For folks wanting some light hearted escapist fare, they get that in spades. The Saturday night audience laughed long and loudly." | Larry Ghini, Vancouverscape