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Golfing is a farce at Sandy Actors Theatre posted on 02/01/2023

Ron Palmblad, director of the Sandy Actor’s Theatre’s (SAT) February production of Ken Ludwig’s “Fox on the Fairway,” sees some similarities between the farce and some of the television shows he enjoyed growing up, including “I Love Lucy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

“Regular people in regular situations that react in an irregular way,” he said.

The comedy sets members of the Quail Valley Country Club against those from the Crouching Squirrel Golf and Racquet Club in a tournament and culminates in a legendary 18th hole. It also hearkens back to the Marx brothers, with mistaken identities, slamming doors and more shenanigans.

Palmblad, who has been involved in theater since the 1970s when he was in middle school, noted that he had a couple of plays to choose from when offered the chance to direct. He was familiar with Ludwig’s works and selected “Fox on the Fairway,” which has proven to be even funnier than he thought.

“Now that we’ve gotten into it and we’ve blocked the whole show, the opportunities for so much humor are more prevalent than you realized before,” Palmblad said. “The cast is having a good time.”

He added that getting the play up on the stage led to more involved movement than he had anticipated.

“The amount of physicality was a surprise,” Palmblad said. “It was there, but (the cast is) getting a workout. They’re working up a sweat.”

SAT presents “Fox on the Fairway” from Friday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, March 12, at 17433 SE Meinig Avenue in Sandy (behind Ace Hardware). Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for students, seniors and veterans, and $13 for children (reservations are recommended). For more information, or to make reservations call 503-936-4378, find SAT on Facebook or visit sandyactorstheatre.com.

A preview night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, with an art show, “Animal Antics” by the Wy’East Artisans Guild, before the show at 7 p.m. Tickets for the preview will be $10 and only available at the door.

Reader's Theatre Gresham returns in Feb.

Reader’s Theatre Gresham presents a staged reading of “Crossing Delancey,” by Susan Sandler, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Center of the Arts Little Theatre, 333 N. Main Avenue in Gresham. Tickets are $9 at the door, with tickets for Mt. Hood Community College students available at half price.

The comedy is about a young Jewish woman who seeks love in New York City. Readings happen on the first Monday of every month.

For more information, visit www.readerstheatregresham.org or email ReadersTheatreGresham@gmail.com.

By Garth Guibord/MT





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