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‘Foreigner’ in the family

Larry Shue comedy opens at Laura Pels Theater

NEW YORK — Sarah Jessica Parker is not only a real trouper, she stands by her man through many a preview.

Three seasons ago, Parker claimed to have already seen Matthew Broderick in seven perfs of “The Producers” by the time it preemed on Broadway. And for her husband’s latest legit offering, “The Foreigner,” she discloses, “I’ve seen it five times.”

The Larry Shue comedy opened Sunday at the Laura Pels Theater, and the Roundabout threw the party at Bryant Park Grill. Not bad for an Off Broadway gig.

Parker nodded her head when Broderick was asked about the play’s theme of xenophobia in a red-state America.

“We don’t want to alienate any fans here,” Broderick began cautiously. “But we were performing previews right after the election. Everyone was depressed, and you could feel it in the audience.” He recalled first seeing “The Foreigner” 20 years ago when David Duke was a force. “The KKK is small, but its ideas are not small,” he said. As for the play, “It’s nice to laugh about people who are intolerant.”

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