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The Aurora Theatre presents golf comedy for spring

If you go

• What: “Fox on the Fairway: A New Farce”

• When: Today through May 27, times vary

• Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville

• Cost: $16 to $30

• For more information: Visit www.auroratheatre...>

LAWRENCEVILLE -- What do you get when you mix golf, money and adultery?

It's not Tiger Woods. It's the Aurora Theatre's new comedy "Fox on the Fairway: A New Farce" written by Ken Ludwig, which was created as a tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and '40s.

"When I found out this new farce was set on the golf course, I knew no other theater in the country has the audience better able to appreciate it than here in golf-crazy Gwinnett," said Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez in a recent press release.

Love is in the air at the Quail Valley Country Club between the young, half-witted couple Louise (played by Jenny Holden) and Justin (Jacob York). Justin just started working at the club -- Louise has been an employee for awhile -- and the two become engaged during the busiest weekend at Quail Valley: the annual tournament against rival club Crouching Squirrel.

Bingham (Dan Triandiflou) of Quail Valley and Dickie (Robin Bloodworth) have been putting money on the tournament for the past five years and Bingham always loses his shirt in the deal. But this year, he has a secret weapon. One of the best players in the area is on his team, so he bets $100,000 and then some: his wife Muriel's (Suehyla El-Attar) antique shop.

Needless to say, there are all sorts of twists and turns in the story creating laughter and chaos for everyone involved because both men want to win the bet.

With all of the humor and gags, the audience walked away having a good time, even if they weren't into playing on the green.

"I thought the show was very good," Melissa Camp of Boonton, N.J., said while in town visiting family. "I'm not a golf player, so I got a little lost on some things, but it was really fun and very much in the spirit of the 1930s. It was very amazing. There was a lot of physical humor, so it was fun in that respect, too."

Local Lawrenceville resident and occasional golfer Bill Brasington also thought the show was full of fun.

"I was very impressed with the cast -- they did a fantastic job," he said. "I've played (golf) a couple times, so I understood the jokes. The play really built and got funnier and funnier as it went along because everyone was roaring by the end of it."

In the spirit of golf, the Aurora is giving away an Ultimate Golf Prize Pack from the PGA Tour Superstore to one patron at each show. There will be a putting green set up in the lobby of the theater and people can take a shot at sinking a ball for the grand prize.

This play has many adult themes, including sexual content, language and alcohol consumption.