The comfort food of the Utah Valley theater scene can be found in an unassuming small venue beneath the Pleasant Grove Library. The team at PG Players, a city-sponsored troupe, knows their way around contemporary American theater.

Often led by the dynamic husband and wife team of Katherine and Howard Little, the PG Players consistently produce great mid-century American comedies and dramas.

This week, the Players are performing Larry Shue’s The Foreigner – a classic situational comedy set in the backwoods of Georgia. The cast, featuring mainly returning performers, handles the plot perfectly.

The cast is led by UVU student Dan Anderson, who plays the title character, Charlie Baker. Anderson’s portrayal of Baker evolves from delicate in the first scenes to confident and uproarious near the end of the action.

Dennis Purdie, who plays the agonizingly creepy Owen Musser, marks this performance as his twenty-fourth production with PG Players. Nine years ago, he played the same role in his first collaboration with Howard Little.

Like most plays of the same genre, The Foreigner‘s exposition is a bit long, but it’s worth it to sit through a scene or two of explanation. By the third scene, there is a constant influx of both comedy and interesting plot points.

The Foreigner

When: March 13-30 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee performances March 21 and 28 at 3 p.m.

Where: Keith Christeson Little Theater
PG Library, 30 E. Center St. Pleasant Grove

More info: Call 801-787-6864 or