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‘The Fox on the Fairway’ playing at The Phipps

“The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be performed April 11 through May 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Two archrival country club owners are thrown for a loop when the best golfer switches teams on the eve of their annual grudge match. Pictured left to right: A proud Louise (BethAnne Nelson) encourages Justin (Rusty Lavelle) as he makes the final putt, while Dickie Bell (Troy Stolp), Muriel (Anne Spradley), and an anxious Mr. Bingham (Andrew Robertson) watch.

“The Fox on the Fairway,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, will be performed April 11 through May 4 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

No duffer on stage, Andrew Robertson, Woodbury, plays Henry Bingham, president of the Quail Valley Country Club, who finds himself in a fix when his archrival, Dickie Bell, played by Troy Stolp, St. Louis Park, recruits his star golfer for the upcoming tournament and Bingham stands to lose a bundle.

He finds out, however, that the newly hired Justin, played by Rusty Lavelle, Lino Lakes, is quite a good golfer, though Justine’s romance with waitress Louise, played by BethAnne Nelson of St. Louis Park, throws a curve into his swing when she loses her diamond.

Bingham has further complications when his wife, Muriel, played by Anne Spradley, St. Paul, whom Bingham refers to as “Lady Voldemort, She of Darkness,” finds out about his relationship with the sex-starved vice president of the club, Pamela Peabody, played by Tricia Cook of Woodbury.

Cook paraphrases her opening line, “Golf, sex, and acting are the only things you can enjoy without being any good at them.” She adds, “Boy do we enjoy acting in this show. The cast is a hoot and we have a great time amusing each other on stage.”

“I was very fortunate to find the right cast for the show,” said Director Denise Baker. “Each one of them brings a special element to their character that has me laughing every night at rehearsal. They deliver the quick-witted lines with great comedic timing. Their physical humor is like watching an old comedy classic. Even though ‘The Fox on the Fairway’ is built around golf, you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the show. You just have to be a fan of great comedy.”

Eleven performances will be given from April 11 through May 4 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. (not April 20) on the main stage.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or online at