Salem Community Theatre latest offering of quality entertainment comes in the form of "The Fox on the Fairway" written by Ken Ludwig.
It is as funny as it is fast. This fast-paced, slapstick gem is sure to please the avid golf enthusiasts as well as non-golf obsessed alike.
The play opens in the Quail Valley Country Club with the ever excitable Dan Haueter as Justin Hicks, the most recent employee of the golf club, looking for Louise Heindbedder, played by Jordan Pitts, the young waitress at the club. The club president Mr. Bingham, played by David Wack, discovers his golfing golden boy has jumped to the competing country club just before the big tournament happening today, leaving Bingham in a bind.
Dickie Bell, played by Rick Haldi, lays a claim to the coveted golf tournament trophy — and an interesting side bet — in Salem Community Theatre's production of the comedy 'The Fox On the Fairway,' which plays through this weekend. Also pictured are Dave Wack, Ruth Newman and Karen Hauck-Losito. Tickets and more information can be had by calling 330-332-9688.
A semi-friendly wager placed by mildly obnoxious Dickie Bell, played by Dick Haldi, from the competing country club raises the stakes by involving money and the business of Bingham's wife as part of the wager.
Fellow country club member Pamela Peabody, played by Karen Hauck-Losito, adds sex appeal and laughs all around. With the ominous presence of Bingham's wife Muriel comes more laughs and unexpected focus.
These characters are written with surprise talents, hidden agendas, and slap stick physicality that gives this play life and movement.
Wack is strong in his delivery, and has the subtle nuance to allow others their own glow.
Haldi adds just enough smugness self-absorption to the part to really grate on the nerves of the other characters, without becoming clich.
Haueter is as always exciting and a very physical actor. His over the top portrayal was high octane and funny.
The ladies held their own as well, not allowing themselves to be pigeon-holed by narrowly written roles.
Some of the best lines came from Hauck-Losito. Pitts and Ruth Newman uphold the roles well, allowing strength and sweetness to be seen by both.
Set entirely in the Quail Valley Tap Room of the golf club, the cast utilizes all available exit and entry points with rapid fire motion at times. The placement of all furnishings allow for smaller vignette bits between characters, as these characters are engrossed with multi-layered comedy confusion plot lines. All the technical aspects were top notch. This playhouse crew has done its homework and knows how to put together a tight piece of theatre.
The play "The Fox on the Fairway" is laugh out loud funny,. Work done by the entire cast shows how good community theatre is done. This light heart hearted golf-love-scheming story is one the whole family can enjoy. See this production quickly, as seriously funny good theatre is a pleasure to watch. "The Fox on the Fairway" is playing April 11, 12 and 13.
Gina Boley-Carter is as resident of Columbiana, recently moving from New Jersey where she regularly reviewed local theatre productions for the six years.