Theatre Mirror Reviews-"The Fox on The Fairway"

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"The Fox on The Fairway"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Walpole Footlighter's second show of their 90th season is "The Fox on the Fairway" by Ken Ludwig who also wrote "Lend Me a Tenor". This show takes the audience on a hilarious romp that begins as the Quail Valley Country Club prepares to take on Crouching Squirrel in the annual inter-club golf tournament. With a sizable wager at stake, the contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters, and an exploding vase. Will Bingham, the president of the country club find someone to play the golf game for him, will he win the wager against his hated rival Dickie and will he ever get his life in order? The show is a madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with golf. It is reminiscent of a Marx Brother movie. Director Frank Moffat picks the best six people for these roles and infuses them with the comic energy needed to entrance the audience all night long.

Frank gives his cast some clever shtick to perform in this show with many twists and turns to delight you. Dan Sheehan designed the gorgeous country club set. Dan Kirichok plays the harried country club manager,Bingham. The man has a shrew wife, a miserable pain-in-the-neck competitor and some unstable employees. Dan does some slow burns as Bingham and delivers his many funny lines with finesse. Dan Delaporta is a hoot as Justin, the new employee and golf pro. His romantic scenes with Jessica Corey as the pretty waitress are hilarious and comic line delivery is topnotch. Their vase chase scene is very funny and his breakdown and the final scene have to be seen to be believed. He steals many a scene as Justin. Jessica, a pretty brunette, captures the charisma as Louise. Her meltdown in tears at the loss of her ring, and her revelation later in the show and her final speech display her comic side.

Ann-Marie Weaver is very funny as Pamela, the thrice married vice president who has a crush on Bingham. She has many comic lines and delivers them with ease. The champagne scene between Pamela and Bingham is hilarious as are her constant insults to her pompous ex-husband Dickie. One of the funniest is when she declares his ugly sweaters could be grounds for divorce. The scene with the golf ball in her mouth is a hoot, too. Ninette Cummings plays Bingham's dragon lady wife, Muriel. Her cat fight with Pamela and the breakage scene later in the show. Ninette reveals a secret twist later in this show. Andrew Shiels is hilarious as Dickie. He steals many scenes with his insulting lines and malapropisms of various sayings. Dickie wears many ugly sweaters throughout the show and the revelation when you find out where they come from is a hoot. His description of Muriel as a German tank, shooting people down in her way is another laugh out loud moment. The recap scene at the end is splendidly done. So for a look a brand new farce that will keep you laughing, be sure to catch "The Fox on the Fairway".

"The Fox on The Fairway" (7 - 23 February)
THE WALPOLE FOOTLIGHTERS
@ 2 Scout Road, WALPOLE MA
1(508)668-8446

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