The venerable Newmarket Stage Company’s presentation of ‘The Ladies Foursome’ opened last Thursday night with quite the flourish at Stage 426 Newmarket Legion and definitely scored a ‘hole in one!’

With a gifted hand, seasoned director Jeff Burke guided some spirited acting from Joanna Kaufman as Dory, Susan Lane as Margo, Jo-Anne Pulfer as Tate and Julie Wood as Connie. As the play unfolds, with much interaction between the four of them, no one actor was a standout with all four shining brightly in their own right.

Taking place on an actual golf course, playing a round of 18 holes,  after the death of their fourth, three women take to the golf course to honour her and are joined by a woman they’ve never met. Friendships tested and friendships found, this is one round of golf that you won’t want to miss!

‘The Ladies Foursome ‘ is scripted by Canada’s most produced playwright Norm Foster, and produced by seasoned veteran Sue Meacock. The rather simple yet very effective set is by Peter Salt, with a grand lighting design by Mark Hayward and lights and sound by Sara and Nicole Hayward. Fran Wachna handles the costumes quite nicely.

Act one takes place in the morning on the golf course and the sensational Act Two happens for another nine holes later in the morning. With fast-moving dialogue and lots of humour, sometimes ribald, the women share a colourful round of golf, complete with carrying their golf clubs.

At Opening Night, the appreciative audience clapped after each hole of golf and gave the competent actors a good five minute ovation to show how much they enjoyed this wonderful presentation.

If you ever wondered just what women talk about the golf course, and the revelations that come out of it, ‘The Ladies Foursome’ has it all --- even with a dramatic conclusion, but I won’t spoil it for you!

This was only the second time ‘The Ladies Foursome’ has been presented by a community theatre group since it was released for their use last year and the Newmarket Stage Company, even with the limitations of a small Legion stage, do Norm Foster quite proud with a hearty rendition of this fast-paced  play, complete with actual golf clubs and swinging of the clubs!

‘The Ladies Foursome’ continues May 3rd at 2 p.m. and also tonight, May 4th and May 5th at 8 p.m. at the Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley Street. Tickets are a mere $15 and available at the Box Office at 905-727-3290.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, one would be hard-pressed to find a better gift than to offer to take her to see this uplifting, yet extremely humourous presentation!

The Ladies Foursome

A comedy by

Norm Foster

presented by

The Newmarket Stage Company

A Review

By Rod Urquhart

What do women talk about on the golf course?


Ever wondered just what women talk about on the golf course? Here’s your chance!

Get ready for lots of laughs and insights into life, as the venerable Newmarket Stage Company presents ‘The Ladies Foursome’ by Canada’s premiere playwright Norm Foster, at Stage 426-Newmarket Legion on April 26, 27, 28 and May 3, 4, and 5 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee May 3.

Tickets at a mere $15 are already selling now for this uplifting, yet quite funny play starring four local women who meet weekly for a round of golf!


The day after their friend Catherine's funeral, Margot, Connie and Tate gather for a round of golf in honour of their recently departed fourth. At the golf course they are joined by another woman, an old friend of Catherine's they'd never met. Over the course of 18 holes, secrets and confessions unravel as the women discuss love, sex, children and everything in between.

As Diane Ament, President of the Newmarket Stage Company, explained,

“It’s a refreshing play reminding us to pursue our dreams while we can as life has a way of passing on.”

And Sue Meacock, Producer of ‘The Ladies Foursome’ said excitedly,

“This is an enlightening, touching, yet very funny play that should put a smile on everyone’s face and warm their hearts!”

Margot is played by Susan Lane, who you may remember from the NSC’s ‘Cookin’ With Gus’ and also ‘Opal’s Million Dollar Duck’. She has been on stage in community theatre for 23 years and counting.

Connie is portrayed by Julie Wood, who is thrilled to be returning to the stage. Her career spans over four decades of performance in musical theatre, comedy and drama. Her last performance was ‘Post It - Notes from a Marriage’ with Newmarket Stage Company.

Tate is played by Jo-Anne Pulfer, who will be making her Newmarket Stage Company debut, but she is no stranger to the community theatre stage. She has previously had the honour to walk the boards with Blackhorse Village Players Theatre, Caledon Town Hall Players, South Simcoe Theatre, The Curtain Club and Theatre Aurora. Not just an actress Jo-Anne has also sat on the boards for ACT-CO and Blackhorse, done costumes, produced, stage managed and assistant directed.

And new acquaintance Dory is played by Joanne Kaufman. A teacher in York Region, Joanne first caught the acting bug when she was cast as Little Red Riding Hood's mother in a grade 3 class play. Since then, Joanna has participated in a variety of productions, including ‘The Music Man’ (Queensville Players), ‘Steppin' Out’, ‘Annie’ (QP), ‘Cinderella’ (QP), and ‘Tom Sawyer’ (QP). Her most recent role was as Cassie in the play ‘Death of Me’, in the Very Useful Theatre Company's One-Act Play Festival last Thanksgiving weekend. For the past several years, Joanna has been enthusiastically directing the musicals at her school.

‘The Ladies Foursome’ is directed with enthusiasm by Jeff Burke, . Jeff has been in community theatre for over fifty years. He has acted, directed and worked many backstage positions. As well, he has held many executive positions including ACT-CO and Theatre Ontario. Jeff has won 7 THEAS for acting and directing, in addition to the prestigious MAGGIE BASSET award for his contribution to community theatre in Ontario. Jeff has never directed for Newmarket Stage Company, but has certainly seenmany of their productions and had the pleasure of adjudicating  two of their past productions.

This is only the second time ‘The Ladies Foursome’ is being performed since it was released for community theatre groups in April 2018.


Don’t delay – call the Box Office today at 905-727-3290.

(And find out just what women really talk about on a golf course!!!)

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