Theatre Macon is opening its season with Fox on the Fairway, a new comedy by a familiar writer.
Ken Ludwig, this plays author, is famous for Lend Me a Tenor. He writes modern farce comedy inspired by classic farce comedy, said Jim Crisp, Theatre Macon director. We did Lend Me a Tenor and Twentieth Century by him. Both were very successful and we are excited to be doing Fox on the Fairway.
As for choosing this play to be the season opener, Crisp said hes always looking for something different.
This play is very new, not more than a year old. It is making its way around regional theaters. Its a comedy about golf and the rivalry between two golf clubs, Crouching Squirrel Golf and Tennis Club and Quail Valley Country Club, he said. The two heads of the clubs make an outrageous bet involving a large sum of money. The contest plays out amidst three love affairs, a disappearing diamond and an exploding vase.
There is a young neurotic golfer playing for one of the teams and comedy ensues. Its outrageous, but extremely well written and laid out. Its enormous fun with interesting and engaging characters. Its comedy we can identify with. The dialogue is snappy and fun. The action moves quickly and its not an overly long play, he said.
The cast of six includes two married couples, Bob and Pam Neloche (aka Pam Burkhalter) and Kailey Rhodes and Matt Hlavaty, and September Carter and Matt Astin.
This is a contemporary setting. Its a show about greed and secrets, Crisp said. Secrets of the heart, old family secrets and how people deal with secrets once they emerge. Secrecy is a good driving force for a comedy, as people deal with what they know and what they dont. I think this is the only play that I know of that is a comedy about golf, so I think golfers will enjoy this show especially.
Fox on the Fairway opens the theaters 28th season. Other plays this season include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sound of Music, The Best Man, Avenue Q and The Philadelphia Story.
Fox on the Fairway
When: 8 p.m. Sept. 6-7, 13-14; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11-12
Where: Theatre Macon, 438 Cherry St.
Cost: $20 adults; $18 seniors; $15 students
Information: 478-746-9485; www.theatremacon.com