Some of us spent their thursday evening indulging in a cultural experience of a very unique kind. On that night’s agenda was a play, namely by Noel Coward, carrying the title “Hay Fever”. In very orderly manner we strolled down to the Citizens Theater where a very enticing atmosphere was welcoming us. We didn’t have long until the play would start so we made our way to the seating area and waited for the lights to go out & the show to go on! As some of us were left a little puzzled, and by that I don’t mean any less enthralled, I have decided to gather some information regarding the play (I don’t know about you, but occasionally I had a hard time understading that delightful scottish accent of theirs, so for those who are interested in why they laughed when they laughed and for those who are merely interested in what the “other” group was doing that night, please keep reading ;-).
The type of play was undoubtedly a comedy of manners and plays in an English country house in the 1920s, housing the four eccentric members of the Bliss family: Judith Bliss, a retired actress, her writer husband David, and their two grown-up children, Simon and Sorel. They each invite a guest over for the weekend. Although Judith is no longer performing on stage, the weekend seems to become her own private play, her family assisting her. Throughout the weekend they behave in an eccentric and over the top manner constantly seeking to provoke a dramatic reaction from each other. As the weekend proceeds, each invited guest pairs up with another person. This ultimately drives away their scared and bewildered invitees and they flee, going unnoticed by the Bliss family as they are having “just another argument” about David’s book.
I have to admit, that I have never seen quite such a play. Gaining insight into a dysfunctional family being completely oblivious to their ill-mannered behaviour is not often performed to such an extend on stage! Of what I caught in the scottish accent was hilarious, the rest is left to my imagination. 😉