When Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” premiered off-Broadway in 1984, it stayed on New York’s Astor Place Theatre stage for 686 performances. The comedy features a ruse of a language barrier and the things a man discovers about himself and others when he’s privy to secrets. Unforeseen parenthood, betrothal and even the nefarious plans of a certain secret society fond of burning crosses and adorned bedsheets are revealed to the central character before he turns the tables on the unaware.

Mobile’s Commedia del Arte troupe has reworked Shue’s original into a “family-friendly’ version entitled “The Visitor.” While descriptions provided have been short, it appears some of the themes have been softened, including the antagonists.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.

Another performance is slated for Mobile on Saturday, May 17, at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (7125 Hitt Rd.)

For more info, call 251-510-0654 or go to www.commediadelarte.org.


The Visitor
Where: 4198 Municipal Park Dr., Loxley)
When: May 3 & 17