The Wimberley Players has announced that Noel Coward’s classic comedy, Hay Fever,will open at the Wimberley Playhouse July 29th. If you are already a Noel Coward fan, this will become one of your favorites and if you’ve never seen a Noel Coward play, this production will most likely make you an enthusiastic new fan.
Many theatrical critics over the years have regarded Hay Fever as Noel Coward’s funniest play. It is set in the English country home of the Bliss family in the mid-1920s. The Bliss family is blatantly unconventional and darn proud of it. Mother Judith, the catalyst for much of the unconventionality, is a retired dramatic actress; husband David is a successful but temperamental writer; and their adult son and daughter are handsome and ill-mannered. One summer weekend, each family member has invited a guest to their country home without the knowledge of the other family members. Things develop immediately into wild situations, as each person is attracted to someone different from the original pairings.
Various critics have described the play in these words: light, luminous, charming and hilarious. The Playhouse production of Hay Fever is directed by Laura Haygood. She is new to the Playhouse and is an accomplished theatrical educator. Haygood brings a vast amount of experience and talent to this production. She has found the absolutely right cast for this Noel Coward comedy.
Because, as Coward has admitted, Hay Fever does not have a clearly defined plot, it relies on hilarious situations, the actors’ timing and their ability to deliver their lines superbly. The Bliss family includes Linda Sriro as Judith, Bob Elliottas husband David, Amanda Forsyth as daughter Sorel, Devon Birdsong as son Simon and Cindy Forsyth as family maid Clara. The guests include Ashley Errico as Myra, Kevin Karwoski as Richard, Auston Newman as Sandy and Tiffany Patch as Jackie.
Hay Fever runs from July 29 – August 21, 2011. Evening performances are Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 each ($20 on opening night, including a wine and cheese pre-show reception at 7 p.m.) and may be purchased at any time on-line. The Box Office is open prior to each performance weekend during the following days and hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 2 - 5 p.m., Fridays 2 -6 p.m., Call 847-0575 and leave a message.
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