NUTLEY, NJ -- The classical farce production of Ken Ludwig’s “The Fox on the Fairway” will premier at Nutley Little Theatre this Friday.
Directed my Montclair’s Penny Paul, the comedic play tells the story of a rivalry between two country clubs during a golf tournament.
“It’s just laugh out loud hilarious,” Paul said in an interview with TAPinto Nutley. “I’ve watched them perform it many times and I’m still hysterical during each rehearsal.”
The original version of the play premiered in Virginia in 2010. Ludwig came up with the idea after deciding that he wanted to do a fun farce with a small cast that could be performed throughout the country.
Paul’s cast includes six local actors who she had nothing but nice things to say about.
“I have a very talented cast,” she said. “They’re very comedic. It’s just constant laughs when working with them.”
The director added that her cast’s comedic timing is what makes them so special.
“It’s very difficult to teach someone how to be funny,” Paul said. “These people have a natural understanding of comic timing, which makes every joke laugh out loud funny.”
One of those humorous cast members is Laura Valente, a Nutley resident who plays the role of Pamela Peabody, the femme fatale of the country club.
“She’s brutally honest, confident and genuine,” Valente told TAPinto Nutley. “She’s just a very real character.”
“The Fox on the Fairway” will be Paul’s first farce and she is ecstatic about trying out the new genre.
“When I first started directing, I was more drawn to existential plots, finding meaning and building human relationships,” the dramatist said. “A production like this is a way to escape the madness going on in the world right now. I read the newspaper every day and it doesn’t make me feel very happy.”
Bloomfield actor Nelson Valentin is also excited to be part of such a comedic production.
“I like the fact that the characters think their lives are perfect, but they aren’t and it makes the situation even more complicated,” said Valentin, who plays the part of country club director Henry Bingham.
Evening performances are set for November 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8:00 PM. Matinees will be held on November 5, 12 and 18 at 2:00 PM. Nutley Little Theatre is located at 47 Erie Place.
For more information, visit www.nutleylittletheatre.com.