George Street’s new show is a side-splitting, laugh-all-night extravaganza of fun

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Scene from Fox On The Fairway at George Street PlayhouseReview.

“The Fox on the Fairway” is a must see for you if you want situational farce that will make you laugh all night long. This new production by three time Tony nominee Ken Ludwig has all of the elements that will most certainly make it a hit show from coast to coast. Ludwig, you may know, was the writer of the successful comedy “Lend me A Tenor.”

In his new play the relationship of the protagonists is made clear in the first scene where craziness and zaniness are in great abundance. What seems important in the minds of each of the characters will have you laughing at each of their hilarious and silly predicaments all evening.

Peter Scolari as Bingham in The Fox On The Fairway, by Ken Ludwig, directed by David Saint at George Street Playhouse.  Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Peter Scolari as Bingham in The Fox On The Fairway, by Ken Ludwig, directed by David Saint at George Street Playhouse. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

The setting of a country club tap room and a not so innocent but very hefty wager between two golf club managers is all that Ludwig needs to make this fantastical farce begin to come to life in such style so quickly. It is a situation of complete ridiculousness that is spot on for the farce genre. The childish and boisterous antics, the silly golf club traditions, young love, saving face, good – and very bad – sportsmanship and much more just helps to push the audience along on this hysterical and outrageously fun night at the theatre.

Three veteran comic actors have returned to George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick to shine in “The Fox on the Fairway.” Michael Mastro plays the visiting golf club manager by the name of Dickie. He is a real dick and just plain stupid in this comedy. He plays his part so well that the audience was laughing in virtually every scene. After a short while, as soon as he walked onstage, some in the audience were already giggling before a word was even uttered.

Peter Scolari plays Bingham, the Quail Valley Country Club manager. Bingham is an intelligent but nervous type, quick witted and extremely sarcastic. He is very thoughtful, then careless. He is very serious, but then – not so much. He is just plain confused. Scolari excels in this right-way, wrong-way of confused thinking made to look sensible in these farcical small bits. He’s henpecked by his emotionally distant and very butch wife. He is small in her presence as the comedy demands.

Michael Mastro as Dickie, Amy Hohn as Pamela and Peter Scolari as Bingham in The Fox On The Fairwayat George Street Playhouse. Photo by T.Charles Erickson.

Michael Mastro as Dickie, Amy Hohn as Pamela and Peter Scolari as Bingham in The Fox On The Fairway at George Street Playhouse. Photo by T.Charles Erickson.

And here she comes! His wife, Muriel, is played by Mary Testa. When she appeared onstage for the first time the guffaws from the audience began immediately. She is to be a force in this farce. Testa did not let the audience down for even a moment. Her joke of a marriage to Bingham and her flirtatious actions toward Dickie plays out in hilarious situational comedy and wry sarcastic wit right until the end. At one point, she literally “throws” her husband to the sofa. The roof of the theatre must have burst an air leak from the shock and laughter and a real need for more oxygen in the space. Kudos to Testa and Scolari for timing this pitch just “so right!”

Dickie’s ex-wife, Pamela, is played by Amy Hohn. She is sassy and sexy and she is a newcomer to the stage at GSP. Pamela plays the VP on the clubs Board of Directors and she is a real hoot. She has been married three times, likes to smoke and drink and …. you can fill in the blanks. She has some really great lines that show wit, bawdiness, and a “what-the-hell” attitude. She is perfectly cast as Dickie’s ex.

The two young lovers are played by Lisa McCormick as Louise and Reggie Gowland as Justin. They are both acting over-the-top with the drama of youth and seeking each others love and attention – always. Everything just seems so important to them. It took a little time for me to get used to the starry-eyed giddiness of Louise. She is just so in love/lust every time Justin enters her space. Uugh! But, that is a big part of the laughter.

The costumes designed by David Murin were part of the fun too. The sweaters that Dickie parades around in are a laugh riot all on their own. And the outfits that are worn by the women were so well made and so well fitted that Murin deserves very special mention.

What a fun time. The production is wondrously comedic as Ken Ludwig has written a masterpiece. This type of comedy either works completely or falls flat without the right people to play the parts. In this production, the actors have brought a tremendous amount of expertise and comedic energy that is just a pleasure to watch throughout. The ending is pure fun, pure burlesque, and so full of pure comedic energy that you are virtually guaranteed to enjoy it as it literally seems to be able to go on forever. For the applause that is…

Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway” opened in Arlington, Virginia at the Signature Theatre last October. This George Street Playhouse production is directed by GSP Artistic Director David Saint who has picked just the right new show, and a great cast. He has put together an incredibly funny production that should be remembered as one of the best at GSP.

The show runs through April 17th at George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ. On Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 pm GSP will hold a pre-show dinner, drinks, door prizes and live entertainment at the Pride Party night for the LGBT community with dinner provided by Tula Restaurant and Lounge with the show at 8 pm. Tickets are just $50 for dinner and the show. Tickets for this special night must be ordered online or by calling 732-846-2895, x 155 and using the code PRIDE. Student discounts are also available by phone for this special evening for just $20 (College ID will be required).

 

 

 

Scene from Fox On The Fairway at George Street PlayhouseReview.

“The Fox on the Fairway” is a must see for you if you want situational farce that will make you laugh all night long. This new production by three time Tony nominee Ken Ludwig has all of the elements that will most certainly make it a hit show from coast to coast. Ludwig, you may know, was the writer of the successful comedy “Lend me A Tenor.”