Ken Ludwig is a playwright whose first two shows, the 1989 farce “Lend Me a Tenor” and the 1992 musical “Crazy for You,” were among the best shows to grace a Broadway stage during the last decade of the 20th century.
His 2010 farce, “A Fox on the Fairway,” now being performed at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, isn’t quite up to the lofty standards Ludwig established with his first two shows. It’s a funny but far-fetched look at an unusual subject: golf.
Bingham is president of the Quail Valley Country Club. His rival, Dickie, runs the Crouching Squirrel Country Club.
Dickie has been dominating their annual golf showdown. But Bingham is sure his new club member is the ringer who is going to regain the championship.
That enables Dickie to trick him into a foolish bet. Only after the bet is made does Dickie reveal that Bingham’s ringer has defected to Crouching Squirrel. Complications ensue.
The Alhambra show has a strong cast, with excellent performances by Craig Benton as Dickie; Timothy Ellis as Bingham; Lisa Valdini as Muriel, Bingham’s estranged wife; and Becky Baxter as Pamela, Bingham’s ally who is Dickie’s ex-wife. Ryan Borses and Brittany Bennett play Justin and Louise, young lovers who both happen to be very good golfers but rather unstable personalities.
There are some very amusing moments during “A Fox in the Fairway” and the three couple rearrange themselves into satisfying romantic partnerships. It’s a fun play as long as you don’t expect anything profound.
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