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Nanaimo Theatre Group stages ‘hilarious romp’ about a country club golf tournament wager

Ken Ludwig’s ‘A Fox on the Fairway’ will play Feb. 19 until March 10 at Bailey Studio
Jennifer Ottenbreit, left, Tracy Ottenbreit, Cole Landry, Tasha Ballantyne, Wes Lazaroff and Erin Mudry during rehearsal for Nanaimo Theatre group’s latest production, ‘A Fox on the Fairway,’ which runs Feb. 19 until March 10 at Nanaimo’s Bailey Studio. (Submitted photo)

A tribute by an American playwright to the great English farces of the 1930s and ’40s will be staged as the Nanaimo Theatre Group’s latest production.

In Ken Ludwig’s A Fox on the Fairway, the Quail Valley Country Club faces off against its arch rival, Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racquet Club, for the annual golf tournament – a tournament that Quail Valley has lost for five years. With a sizeable wager at stake, the competition takes place amidst love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters and an exploding vase.

“Audiences are taken on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club,” noted a press release. “Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics.”

Wes Lazaroff portrays Henry Bingham, Quail Valley’s manager; Tracy Ottenbreit plays Dickie Bell, Crouching Squirrel’s president; Erin Mudry portrays Pamela Peabody, Dickie’s ex-wife; and Jennifer Ottenbreit plays Muriel Bingham, Henry’s wife. The cast is rounded out by Tasha Ballantyne who plays Louise, a waitress who loves Quail Valley’s newest hire, Justin, played by Cole Landry.

Ian Matthews and Peggy Harris co-direct their third play, having previously worked on Don’t Dress for Dinner and Key for Two together.

A Fox on the Fairway shows at the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road from Feb. 19 until March 10 with matinee and evening performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. Tickets can be purchased online at

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