Golf is in full swing this winter at the Lake Dillon Theatre with its latest comedic offering, "The Fox on the Fairway," opening Friday and running through Dec. 16.
Set in the taproom of the Quail Valley Country Club, the story revolves around the follies of two rival golf club managers as they each conspire to win the annual golf tournament.
Self-assured of a rare victory, Quail Valley manager Henry Bingham (played by Len Rella) makes a huge wager with Crouching Squirrel manager Dickie (Bradley Sumner), which includes a hefty sum of personal money and his wife Muriel's (Victoria Budonis) antique shop as collateral. Both men have dirty tricks (and secrets) up their sleeves that quickly unravel as the plot unfolds.
Former Lake Dillon Theatre Company performers Kara Dombrowski ("Xanadu") and Brett Figel ("The 39 Steps") play Louise and Justin, two youngsters who happen to work as assistants at Quail Valley and who happen to be engaged to each other. Enter ridiculous plot points hinging on taproom frolics, golf decorum and an engagement ring flushed down the clubroom toilet.
Rounding out the characters is Pamela (Serena Vesper), vice president of the board of directors for Quail Valley, a woman as experienced on the golf green as she is in the boudoir and whose secret past, when finally revealed, gives the play its final putt.
The light-hearted, two-act comedy is the third play by Ken Ludwig that the Lake Dillon Theatre Company has produced in four years, following the sold-out runs of "Lend Me a Tenor" in 2008 and "Moon Over Buffalo" in 2010. And while the former shows affectionately pay tribute to the worlds of opera and regional theater respectively, "Fox" lovingly spoofs the outrageous rules and superstitions of the famed sport of golf.
Lake Dillon Theatre Company producing artistic director Christopher Alleman directs the production, infusing the witty, quick-moving script with sight gags galore and moments of what can only be described as controlled chaos.
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company regularly tackles big productions at its intimate, 60-seat theater and "Fox" is no exception. Jared Grohs's immense set design recreates the world of golf club comfort and offers a surprise in the final scene that highlights the Lake Dillon Theatre Company's creative ability to overcome its confined space. Jacob Welch's lighting design contributes to the lively atmosphere while Nicole Harrison's detailed costumes garner laughs on their own.
Furiously fast-paced and uproariously funny, "The Fox on the Fairway" guarantees an evening of laughs for families and friends wanting a different sort of holiday outing this season.