WHAT: The Fox on the Fairway WHEN: 8 p.m. July 3-7
WHERE: Huron Playhouse, 325 Ohio St., Huron COST: $17/adults, $16/students and seniors, $13/children under 12, $15/person in group of 15 or more (payment due one week in advance) INFO: 419-433-4744 Fans of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Leading Ladies” will be the first in the Midwest to experience “The Fox and the Fairway” by the same author. “I think it was just copyrighted in 2011 and I don’t even think it has played in New York yet,” Director Dennis C. Seyer said. Seyer, a fan of comedy and farces, directed last year’s “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” “It’s an exciting piece of literature,” he said The show has to be in tip top form in about three weeks’ time, including the Country Club set Seyer is designing at the same time as the set for “Bye Bye Birdie,” which is due to go up first. “It’s a pretty intense time, especially with the larger cast,” Seyer said. There are six main characters, but at least eight additional characters that will be golf groupies, tournament fans and party guests. Ludwig’s work has been influenced by French and British farces from the 1930s and 1940s, where crazy things are done in a serious way and a lighthearted fashion. “The Fox on the Fairway” boasts the lovers’ quarrels, slamming doors, information overhear that shouldn’t have been, a $200,000 bet and the surprise ending. All are interwoven into the lives of three couples at the Quail Valley Country Club, where golf seems to be the sport du jour. Jarod Mariani, who plays Bingham, the owner of Quail Valley, has never seen any of Ludwig’s shows, although he is familiar with “Lend Me a Tenor.” “[‘The Fox on the Fairway’] is a great show. Not as fast and physical as last year’s ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner,’ but skillfully written with just the right comedic timing and dialogue,” Mariani said. Although Seyer says there will be some putting and swinging of woods, there will be no slicing into the audience of golf balls, as golf tips will be provided by Plum Brook Country Club’s pro shop. Golf aficionados may cringe at the eccentric costumes Seyer is concocting in true golf form — think bright and mismatched. This element of detail only adds to the farcical genre, which is based on exaggeration and silliness emphasizing human foibles and failures.