Harnett Regional Theatre has produced yet another hit with Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway,” directed by Vicki Wade. The comical story focuses on Bingham (Dennis McCool), the president of the Quail Valley Country Club, who is about to lose his position if his golf team loses yet another championship. Feeling that a win is secured due to a new addition to his team, he makes a hefty wager with his frenemy Dickie (Eddie White). But when Bingham’s star golfer turns out to have switched to the other team, chaos ensues as he tries to get Justin (Wade Hodges), his easily-thrown-off-his-game new employee, to man up and win the championship. Romantic trysts, farcical reveals, and other comic gems unfold as the story progresses, garnering big laughs along the way.
McCool’s Bingham is bumbling and funny, bouncing his lines easily off of White’s equally hilarious rendition of Dickie. Hodges keeps the audience laughing as the clumsy, not-so-bright Justin while the female members of the cast give the guys a run for their money. Karen Tutt is imposing and stern as Muriel, Bingham’s tough-cookie wife, and Amy J. Langdon makes for a sassy and screechy Pamela, the club’s vice president. And last but certainly not least, young ShyAnne Peterson is cute and charming as the title “fox,” Louise.
As usual, HRT shows off costumes and sets that are a lot more grandiose than one usually finds in community theatre productions. A fold-away set allows some of the on-course action to be visible, and a see-through window at the back of the stage makes an incredibly comic scene, in which the characters chase each other around and around, all the more lively and hilarious.
Perhaps what is most impressive here is that director Wade has nailed the farcical, British-style, highly physical humor that Ludwig’s script calls for. All of the cast members wiggle, writhe, and use their bodies as comedic tools, bringing the funny script to full and vibrant life.
Anyone who’s looking to laugh and laugh hard won’t want to miss this one, playing through Sunday, September 28 at the Stewart Theater in Dunn.
Harnett Regional Theatre presents THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Stewart Theater, 114 N. Wilson Ave., Dunn, North Carolina 28335.
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OTHER LINKS: The Fox on the Fairway (2010 comedy): http://www.kenludwig.com/fox_on_the_fairway/a_fox_on_the_fairway.php (Ken Ludwig.com web page) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fox_on_the_Fairway (Wikipedia).
Ken Ludwig (playwright): http://www.kenludwig.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Ludwig (Wikipedia).
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