The Lyric Repertory Company will kick off its 2022 season with the farce ‘A Fox on the Fairway’ on Friday at the Caine Lyric Theatre on Center Street in downtown Logan.
LOGAN – The Lyric Repertory Company will open its 2022 season with comedic farce A Fox on the Fairway this Friday.
It’s a charmingly madcap adventure about competition, life and man’s eternal love affair … with golf.
The show — directed by LRC artistic director Richie Call – was written by Ken Ludwig, one of the American theater’s most prolific playwrights. His works have been performed in more than 30 countries in more than 20 languages.
Call probably has fond memories of another of farce penned by Ludwig — Lend Me a Tenor. The director performed in that show with the great Lego Louis in a production was the smash hit of the LRC season a decade ago.
Originally written for American regional theater audiences, Lend Me A Tenor tried hard to incorporate all the comedic elements of classic theatrical farces like “No Sex Please; We’re British.”
Those include mistaken identities, improbable plot twists, physical comedy, double entendres, innuendoes and rapid-fire entrances and exits through numerous slamming doors.
In Lend Me a Tenor, Call played Max, an aspiring opera singer who is seemingly doomed to get no respect. Call’s portrayal was skillfully understated, until the perennial loser suddenly got the chance to fill not only an opera star’s shoes, but also his bed. From then until the final curtain, Call played the role of an opera super star with roguish gusto.
A Fox on the Fairway recalls any of the Marx Brothers classic films with its furious pacing. The setting is a grudge golf tournament between the Quail Valley Country Club and its arch-rival, the nearby Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racquet Club.
Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, A Fox on the Fairway hilariously lampoons the stuffy denizens of exclusive country clubs.
The show stars LRC veteran Sydnee Fullmer and newcomers Brandon Foxworth, Ryan Adams, Bailee Miner, Herb Newsome and Brittany Deneen.
In addition to Lend Me a Tenor and A Fox on the Fairway, Ludwig’s comedies include Moon over Buffalo and Shakespeare in Hollywood. His most recent work – Dear Jack, Dear Louise – is the real-life story of Ludwig’s parents’ long-distance romance during World War II.
Ludwig has also penned stage adaptations of The Adventures of Tim Sawyer, Treasure Island and The Three Musketeers.
The Lyric Repertory Company’s season will continue with the Disney musical Freaky Friday (debuting on Friday, June 24); the August Wilson drama Fences (Friday, July 1); the comedy Into the Breeches (Friday, July 8); the one-man show FreeMan in Paris (Thursday, July 14); and the Vosco Call Spotlight Concert (Tuesday, July 19).
Evening performances of A Fox on the Fairway will be staged at 7:30 pm in the Caine Lyric Theatre on Center Street in downtown Logan in repertory through July 22. Matinee performances are slated for June 18, June 24, July 16 and July 29 at 1 p.m.