Get ready “to grab your hats and grab your coats and leave your worries on the doorstep” because the Town Players of New Canaan opens on February 22nd with Ken Ludwig’s fast, furious, and fun comedy The Fox on the Fairway, produced by Sheri Dean and directed by Tim Cronin. Performance dates are Friday & Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 & March 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees on February 24 & March 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park, 677 South Avenue, New Canaan. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors (age 62). For tickets, please call the Town Players’ box office at (203) 966-7371. Anyone attending the opening night performance is invited to attend a party after the show.
Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End, and he has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards and the Edgar Award. It strikes Mr. Ludwig that golf is “innately funny and has good comic roots: people all excited about getting a little ball in a hole, the stakes seem amazingly high, and you get all upset about something that is not very important. This is about a bet by the head of one country club who bets against the head of another country club on the yearly tournament they have with each other.” Things go awry and havoc breaks out when the night before the tournament opens the best golfer switches club allegiance from Quail Valley to Crouching Squirrel.
The jolly cast of skilled comedy actors are Kevin McDonough as Henry Bingham, director of Quail Valley, Tom Petrone as Dickie Bell, director of the Crouching Squirrel, Deborah Burke as the beautiful lush Pamela, Marcia Cummings as Muriel, owner of the Ye Olde Crock antique shop and Bingham’s wife, as well as Sarah Smegal and Morgan Flagg as the young lover golfers Louise and Justin. They will lead audiences on a madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf.