It's probably a good sign that a new play has people rolling with laughter, especially considering it hasn't even opened yet.
Director Pat Quinn said the roar began when he first set eyes on the script for “The Fox on the Fairway,” a one-act play that even has its own performers in stitches every night during rehearsal.
“I am always looking for something that will make me laugh by just reading the first page,” Quinn said. “Then I know that once you put some meat on its bones and put it up on stage, it's going to be so much more. You know that once actors get a hold of this play, they're going to make audiences just roll.”
He's happy to report, by the way, that he's right in his prediction so far.
“The cast is having so much fun in rehearsal. They're laughing all the time. They are loving every aspect of it,” Quinn said. “When you see a cast having that much fun rehearsing, you just can't wait to see it done in front of an audience.”
The director gets that wish answered tonight, when “The Fox on the Fairway” opens at the Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 S. Main St.
The play takes its audience on a farcical romp through the entertaining underbelly of a private country club. The play's publisher describes it as “a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love with golf.” Reviewers often say that the play seems to play tribute to the classic comedy of the Marx Brothers.
“There are classic chase scenes in and out of doors, just a lot of physical comedy. This play offers so much for the audience, that you almost have to go twice to take it all in,” Quinn said.
“The Fox on the Fairway” premiered Oct. 19, 2010, at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.
The play was written by Ken Ludwig, who is best known to theater lovers for writing “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon over Buffalo.”
“He is a very good writer, someone who writes on so many different levels,” Quinn said. “Remember the show ‘Frasier'? Ludwig's comedy is like that, with both slap-stick comedy and educated, witty innuendos. It's so well-written. People are going to love it.”
“The Fox on the Fairway” runs two weekends: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and July 25-27. Show time is 7 p.m. each night.
Admission is $10. Tickets for assigned seating can be purchased in person, online at YumaAZ.gov/events or by phone at 373-5202.
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The reviews: What newspapers are saying about “The Fox on the Fairway”
“It's a grand slam! A slam dunk! A Dunkin' Donut hole! A hole in one! [A Fox on the Fairway] hums like a well-oiled machine but retains its human soul.” - The Washington City Paper
“The Fox on the Fairway is phenomenally funny!” - New Jersey Star Ledger
“Ken Ludwig has written a masterpiece (with) all of the elements that will most certainly make it a hit show from coast to coast.” - Out in New Jersey
“Ken Ludwig has a wicked sense of comedic anarchy, giving his characters such zany idiosyncrasies that they soar to dizzying heights!” - The Washington Examiner