‘Foreign’ comedy on tap

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Steven Roberts, a part-time theatre instructor at Eastern New Mexico University, calls himself a Larry Shue fan. The best way he can pay tribute, he feels, is to present one of Shue’s plays, “The Foreigner,” as the side-splitting work he’s always loved.

“You don’t really need to add anything to this play,” said Roberts, who is directing the show this weekend at ENMU.

Ryan Jason Cook, a 2005 ENMU graduate, returns as a guest actor to play the lead role of Charlie Baker in the performances tonight, Friday and Saturday at the University Theatre Center.

In the play, Baker goes fishing with his friend “Froggy” LeSeuer, (Travis Whelpley). Since Charlie is so shy, Froggy tells everyone that he is foreign and cannot speak English.

While Charlie is left alone, he overhears an evil plan from a minister, his fianc