July 23, 2015
The Foreigner: Summer Chills @ Alley Theatre
This play is full of secrets, including a dastardly plan that does bring some summer chills.
Jeffrey Bean is terrific as Charlie. It's a part that involves a great deal of physical comedy, and he's up for it. Elizabeth Bunch, who I've seen previously as Rosalind, is terrific as Catherine Simms, who is often the straight man to her family, but who still knows how to have fun. My favorite member of the cast might've been Annalee Jeffries as Betty Meeks, the lodge owner who is ready for retirement. She reminded me of my paternal grandmother, who lived in Georgia her entire life.
I don't want to give too much of the story away, since discovering the secrets possessed by the residents of the lodge is a true delight. But if you are in or around Houston, try to catch a showing! It is on at the Alley Theatre @ UH through August 9.