Ken Ludwig may not be a household name, but he probably should be. He's written a string of audience-pleasing, award-winning critically acclaimed plays since the mid-1980s, when he made his Broadway debut with "Lend Me a Tenor" His comedy, "Moon Over Buffalo,"enticed Carol Burnett to return to Broadway after 30 years, and his comic mystery, "Something's Afoot," got a great production from Asolo Repertory Theatre a couple of years back. Ludwig's considered one of the greatest living writers of farce.
"The Fox on the Fairway" isn't one of Ludwig's best-known titles, but it's regarded as a great piece of comic writing. When it premiered in 2010, the Washington Post called it Ludwig's homage to the great British farces of the 1930s and '40s.
It's next up from the Island Players. The production opens Thursday for a two-week run.
Since this is farce, the story line is complicated and silly. It's about rival country clubs and a huge bet on a golf match. The golfer who was supposed to play for one club defects to the other. The first club finds another golfer who's even better, but he breaks his arm. Besides that, the replacement golfer's fiance has flushed her wedding ring down the toilet, and the presiden's wife catches him with another woman.
James Thaggard directs. The cast includes Lucas Piety, Haley Hines, Walter Price, Carolyn Zaput, Richard Levene and Judy Glynn.
Details: 3-13, Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show times: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20. Information: 941-778-5755, theislandplayers.org.
-- Marty Clear