BWW Reviews: ISF's THE FOREIGNER Saves the Night (as Well as the Day)
Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ISF), over the past 37 years has become "the place" to see [theatre] and be seen in Boise over the summer. The last show of this year is THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue. This comedic farce made for an enjoyable night.
ISF is a professional theatre, and you can certainly tell by the level of the production. The set, designed by Nayna Ramey, was dynamic in that the wood panels were not only horizontal but vertical and diagonal as well. There was humor in the set too, with fish as the balusters. The set was every bit the hunting lodge in the forest. All the costumes and sound designs were flawless.
The cast was every bit as professional as the crew. Gordon Reinhart was a wonderful Charlie. His performance was
one of the more difficult parts that I have seen written. To be on the stage for so long without saying and word, yet entertaining the audience by his reactions to what was said around him shows the level of talent he has as an actor. The other actors were wonderful in their respective roles. Dudley Swetland as "Froggy", Lynn Allison as Betty Meeks, Richard Klautsch as Rev. David Marshall Lee, Goergina Stoyles as Cahterine Simms, Justin Ness as Owen Musser and Steve Cardamone as Ellard Simms.
You cannot go wrong by seeing this performance at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. I would just give this word of advice: remember it is an outdoor venue and the evenings get colder once the sun goes down.
Photo Credit: Photos borrowed from their facebook page
Top Photo: Goergina Stoyles, Gordon Reinhart, Steve Cardamone, and Lynn Allison
Bottom Photo: Gordon Reinhart
THE FOREIGNER produced by Idaho Shakespeare Festival plays at 5657 Warm Springs Ave, Boise, ID 83716. The performance will continue Tuesdays through Sundays, closing on September 29th. For tickets or more information visit http://www.idahoshakespeare.org/