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Jordan Wright
November 2010

Andrew Long, Holly Twyford and Jeff McCarthy. Photo by Chris Mueller.

Andrew Long, Holly Twyford and Jeff McCarthy. Photo by Chris Mueller.

If you’ve never hit a golf ball, picked up a club and have no plans to…this play’s for you. Whether your membership to a posh country club, where “A Fox on the Fairway” is set, has expired or you neglected to send in your application, you will love this crazy, frothy, throwback to early Hollywood comic cinema. In an everything-old-is-new-again vein, playwright Ken Ludwig has mined the funny bone in this screwball comedy reminiscent of the days of the Marx Brothers; Cary Grant and Claudette Colbert; and Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn all rolled into one.

When we meet Richard, the urbane manager of Quail Valley Country Club, the mood is dire. Quail Valley has never won the annual golf tournament against rival Crouching Squirrel Club. But the debonair Bingham, as expertly played by Jeff McCarthy, has plans for a reversal of fortune with the entry of a new member with an ace handicap. His counterpart and nemesis from Crouching Squirrel, Dickie, has a surprise of his own and the old archenemies bet the farm on the outcome.

The Cast of Ken Ludwig's A Fox on the Fairway. Photo credit Scott Suchman.

The Cast of Ken Ludwig's A Fox on the Fairway. Photo credit Scott Suchman.

Andrew Long plays Dickie, a veritable Mr. Malaprop who sports appliquéd golf attire and mixes metaphors with aplomb. Holly Twyford as the champagne-swilling, “I would drink water but there’s so much fish in it.” much-married Pamela, slinks through her role so seamlessly and with such universal appeal that we feel we know her. She is sharp, witty and charmingly snide. In a swipe at her ex-husband, Dickie, she tells him, “Never use box tops to buy wearing apparel.”

Swirling around the breakneck action are our young romantics. The fragile, neurotic waitress Louise, played fetchingly by the adorable Meg Steedle, and her hapless (also neurotic) beau, Justin played with puppy dog pathos by Aubrey Deeker. Their on-again off-again engagement keeps them in a dither as their breakups mount and the club’s chances for the cup dwindle.

Enter Bingham’s wife Muriel, full of frustration and cool anger. Valerie Leonard has a firm grip on the character’s hot-and-cold personality. In fact the entire cast performs with such unanimity and slick precision it will take your breath away.

Signature Theatre is blessed to have the world premiere of “A Fox on the Fairway”. Here internationally-acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig, in a production more in line with his long-running Broadway play “Lend Me a Tenor”, revives the art of the sophisticated farce full of high anxiety. It’s madcap mayhem replete with high jinks and snappy repartee.

Tony award-winning director John Rando, who worked with Ludwig on “Be My Baby”, carves up a dazzling choreography full of leaps and bounds and canoodling and cavorting worthy of a New Yorker cartoon.

Take this under advisement: Make sure your belt is buckled and your buttons are sewn on tight, this riotous romp will split your sides in two! And do not, I repeat, do not under any circumstances leave the theatre before the cast takes their bows. I will not play the spoiler, but believe me it is a delicious surprise full of theatrical brilliance.

For tickets and information visit or call 703 820-9771. The play runs until November 14th.

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