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Strokes of laughter

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From left, Kevin Armstrong, Lindsey Giddens Stewart, Jason Wallace and Karen Sticer McNally rehearse a scene from Theatre Albany’s production of “The Fox on the Fairway.”

joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com From left, Kevin Armstrong, Lindsey Giddens Stewart, Jason Wallace and Karen Sticer McNally rehearse a scene from Theatre Albany’s production of “The Fox on the Fairway.”

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ALBANY — It’s not the Masters by any means, but Theatre Albany gets linked to farcical comedy Friday with the opening of its production of “The Fox on the Fairway.”

Set at Quail Valley Country Club, playwright Ken Ludwig’s homage to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s is the story of a man who bets on a sure thing — so sure that it goes miserably wrong, forcing him to attempt to squirm his way out of certain ruin.

Kevin Armstrong portray Bingham, the president of the country club who has brought in a ringer for the annual match that he always loses. Unfortunately for him, his arch nemesis, Dickie Bell, played by Doug Lorber, steals his star duffer right out from under him.

Even more unfortunate for Bingham is the big wager he placed with Dickie — and is now sure to lose — and the jeopardy that his job is in. So he does what anyone in that situation would do.

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joe.bellacomo@albanyherald.com From left, Kevin Armstrong, Doug Lorber, Kathleen Stroup and Karen Sticer McNally rehearse a scene from Theatre Albany's production of Ken Ludwig's play "The Fox on the Fairway."

He sets out to find another ringer who’ll save his job and his bet, and let him get his life in order.

Not that there’s much order in the goings-on at Quail Valley. The play is full of mistaken identities, slammed doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans that take place at such a fevered pace that even the famed Marx Brothers might have trouble keeping up with it all.

Also featured in the cast with Armstrong and Lorber are Jason Wallace as Justin, Lindsey Giddens Stewart as Louise, Karen Spicer McNally as Pamela and Kathleen Stroup as Muriel.

Mark Costello directs the play, while Nancy McLendon serves as stage manager. The set is designed by Stephen G. Felmet. Jenny McNair and Tina Justice are in charge of props and Ann Brim Street handles make-up. Courtney Lawson is in charge of sound and Kimberly Lawson mans the light board.

The play was written by Ludwig, author of “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me a Tenor.”

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 11-13, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on April 7 and 14.

Tickets are $20, adults; $15, seniors, and $10, students and active military.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at (229) 439-7141.