Lyric Repertory delivers plenty of laughs in its season opener – Cache Valley Daily
The Lyric Repertory Company kicked off its 2022 season with the farce “A Fox on the Fairway” Friday at the Caine Lyric Theater on Center Street in downtown Logan.
LOGAN – I kind of missed the traditional slamming doors in Lyric Repertory Company production A fox on the fairway which opened here Friday night.
Otherwise, though, director Richie Call hilariously delivers everything you could ask for in a prank — hidden relationships, sexual hi-jinks, unlikely twists, double-means, and physical comedy.
Did I mention lots of laughs? I should have.
A fox on the fairway kicked off the Lyric’s 2022 season with a bang. The show – a fairly recent offering from the pen of Ken Ludwig, one of America’s most prolific playwrights – is a somewhat off-center homage to English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. It also sends golf, a walk in the park pretending to be a sport.
The setting is a spiteful golf tournament between the Quail Valley Country Club and its big rival, the nearby Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racquet Club.
Newcomers Brandon Foxworth and Herb Newsome duel with club managers and both deliver completely over the top performances.
Newsome, who at first looks a bit light on his feet, turns out to be a serial flirt, bad dresser, and Pamela’s ex-husband, played with epic gusto by lyrical veteran Sydnee Fullmer.
After carrying the torch of Pamela for decades, Foxworth plans to end its tournament losing streak by bringing in Justin, a ringer successfully played by young Ryan Adams.
Actors’ Equity member Brittany Deneen is Foxworth’s neglected wife Muriel, whose antique shop just happens to be up for grabs in a side bet the club’s executives have on the tournament.
Muriel buys a “19e Century English Ming Dynasty Vase. And maybe a new husband.
Confused? You haven’t seen anything yet.
They say it takes a smart actress to convincingly play a dumb blonde. Enter Bailee Miner as Louise, who is Justin’s fiancée. Or maybe not.
Ms. Miner’s sculptural performance is first understated, then she goes into hysteria several times. But so does every actor on stage. Do not worry.
As is usually the case in pranks, everything happens well before the final curtain.
Except that everyone swaps wives.
Speaking of the final curtain, the encore is indescribable. That alone is worth the price of admission.
The Lyric Repertory Company season will continue with the Disney musical terrible friday (starting Friday, June 24); August Wilson’s drama Fences (Friday July 1); the comedy In the panties (Friday July 8); the one man show Freeman in Paris (Thursday July 14); and the Vocso Call Featured Concert (Tuesday July 19).
A fox on the fairway will continue to perform at the Caine Lyric Theater on Center Street in downtown Logan until July 29.