A hole in one is the best you can do in the game of golf. Okoboji Summer Theatre scored a hole in one with the opening show of the 2014 season.
"The Fox On The Fairway" is a funny farce about golfers. I took two friends with me on opening night. None of us golf, but we laughed at everything. You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy this fast-paced comedy. We laughed over and over again.
Kudos to Michaela Lynne Stein on a great set. The tap room of Quail Valley Country Club is authentic looking and functional. The moving of the stage so we can see the 18th green is a wonderful touch on such a small stage.
The costumes are worth the price of the ticket alone. Ashley Harrison is a costume genius. I wonder where she was able to come up with such a variety of ugly, hand-knitted golfer vests. Each time Aaron Choi appeared on stage, we burst out laughing at his attire. Never have florals, plaids and stripes looked so totally ghastly together! The complete sets of golfer attire for Choi and Carter and Muriel's wardrobe were comical. The remainder of the costumes were eye appealing and nicely done.
Ty Carter was cast by director Dan Schultz as Justin. Carter is a college student but has already mastered the facial expression and body language aspects of the art of acting. He was totally believable in a role that was physically and mentally demanding. Good job Ty!
Heidi Womelsdorf was delightful as the ditzy Louise. She was a pixie, cute and funny addition to the cast. Her performance was right on.
It was great to see Kyle Groff back on the OST stage. A professional actor, he continually gives good performances. He was stellar as Bingham with the correct amount of pompous haughtiness. He could be stuffy one minute and funny the next.
Aaron Choi was priceless as Dickie. Admittedly we laughed at his costumes first. However, Choi has great comedic timing. He was relentless in his portrayal of Dickie the sleezeball.
I enjoyed Elyse Bertani as Pamela. She added charm and poise to the role. Carolyn Williams was terrific as Muriel. Not only were her costumes amazing, she was very colorful in both stage presence and line delivery. She was an hysterically imposing but charismatic ingredient in the success of this play.
Schultz did a great job of putting two professionals and four students together with the fast pace that is demanded of the cast. You cannot tell a student from a pro and they worked so well off each other's strengths.
"The Fox On The Fairway" is funny and a delight to see. We enjoyed the evening immensely.
OST is off to a good start for the summer of 2014. The play runs through Sunday night.