Sometimes in life, we're forced to make small talk with strangers when we just don't feel up to it. You've had a long day at work, you're grumpy and the last thing you want is to hear someone else's discourse. So what do you do? You could run screaming from the room, but that might come off the wrong way. And anyway, sometimes you're in an elevator, or somewhere else where escape is similarly impossible. In reality, you probably just give in and chit chat politely about the weather, but inside, you're wishing you could pretend not to speak English. That's just the strategy adopted by a painfully shy young man in The Foreigner, the newest comedic play being put on by Mesquite Community Theatre. And, because the patrons at the fishing lodge think Charlie doesn't understand them, all kinds of secrets come to light. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through September 1. All performances are PG and take place at the Black Box Theater in the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave. Tickets are $8 to $12 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 972-216-8126 or visit mctweb.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 17. Continues through Sept. 1