Old golfers learn new things about life in 'The Foursome'



Art has been imitating life for Bob Franklin.

He is one of four men in the cast of Aiken Community Playhouse's production of The Foursome, which opens Friday and runs for most of Masters Week. The show focuses on friends who come together for a round of golf at their 35th college reunion.

"As I'm out playing golf, I see and hear things on the course, and I think, 'That's in the script.' It's very true to life," Franklin said. "The show centers around trash talk on the golf course."

Each golfer has a distinct trait. There are the worrier, the schemer, the lost soul and the family man.

"I play the schemer," Franklin said. "I get to exercise my scheming skills, and I get schemed, as well."

Though they were friends in college, the show reveals how little they really knew about one another.

Director Maureen Woltermann said that throughout life the golfers fell into those roles that made them friends in the first place.

"But they also manage to understand how important the male bond was and how they want to maintain it," she said.

The production is a challenge for the cast.

"There's 100 pages of dialog and almost no set," Franklin said. "We're on stage the whole time."

If you go

WHAT: The Foursome, by Norm Foster; production by Aiken Community Playhouse

WHERE: URS Center for the Performing Arts; 126 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday-April 9

TICKETS: $12; $10 for ages 60 and older

CONTACT: (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com