Andrew Abrahams (left) and Kenzie Hall perform a scene in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

Andrew Abrahams (left) and Kenzie Hall perform a scene in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of The Foreigner by Larry Shue.

Abbotsford theatre group presents The Foreigner

Gallery 7 is telling the comedic, and sometimes romantic tale of miscommunication.

Gallery 7 Theatre is presenting Larry Shue’s hilarious comedy, The Foreigner, opening on June 7.

The Foreigner is considered to be one of the most-performed and most-loved modern comedies.

“With summer just around the corner, it seems only fitting we celebrate the arrival of this long-awaited season with a comedy,” said Gallery 7 Theatre’s executive/artistic director, Ken Hildebrandt.

“The Foreigner is pure fun, filled with adventure, intrigue, and even a touch of romance. And for those looking for a little spiritual and intellectual nourishment, there are a few food-for-thought things sprinkled in as well about relationships, self-actualization, racism and truth vs. lies.”

The story goes like this: Charlie, a pathologically shy person, is a little down on his luck of late. His best friend Froggy, a munitions expert in the British Army, treats Charlie to a vacation at a small fishing lodge in rural Georgia. To help his introverted friend, Froggy announces to all that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and can’t speak a lick of English.

As Charlie listens in on sinister plots and scandalous revelations, he unwittingly becomes the catalyst to righting what has been wronged.

Playing the demure Charlie is Andrew Abrahams. Abrahams has appeared on the Gallery 7 stage numerous times in such shows as Peter Pan, The Matchmaker and Robinson Crusoe. Playing the role of Betty Meeks is Shelley Picard, who last performed in the company’s production of The Fantasticks.

Directing is Carrissa Boynton, whose credits at Gallery 7 Theatre include Robinson Crusoe and Tuesdays with Morrie.

The Foreigner runs June 7-8, 13-15 and 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. with additional discount matinees on June 8, 15 and 23 at 2 p.m.

All shows take place in the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Rd. in Abbotsford.

Tickets can be purchased at the House of James, 2743 Emerson St. in Abbotsford or by calling 604-852-3701 or 1-800-665-8828.

For tickets or information visit gallery7theatre.com.