Review: “Hay Fever”

The fall play “Hay Fever” will show Oct. 27 and 28. Junior Dan Edmonds attended the final dress rehearsal to give his review.

Dan Edmonds, Writer

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On Oct. 27-28 at 7 p.m., the BVNW theater program will be presenting Noël Coward’s drama, “Hay Fever.”

The drama follows the eccentric Bliss family in the English countryside in the 1920s. Unknown to the other residents of the home, they each have invited one person to spend the weekend.

Sorel Bliss invites Richard Greatham to spend the weekend at their home. Meanwhile, Judith invites Sandy Tyrell, David invites Jackie Coryton, and Simon invites Myra Arundel. All four have the intentions to let their guest stay in the Japanese room, which sparks a fight among the Blisses as they try to work around these complications. Act 1 ends with the Blisses and their guests drinking tea in forced conversation before finally dying in awkward silence.

Act 1 isn’t overly exciting or captivating, but the over-dramatic ways of the Bliss family in this act were funny. The way in which the actors brought their characters to life was spectacular and an experience I would love to live through again. They were over-dramatic, hilarious and were truly able to show off just how theatrical this family is.

Act 2 was one of my favorites as it is the most over-dramatic and entertaining act as the Blisses show their “true” colors and show what lunatics they are. In this act, Judith overreacts several times to minor incidents to which the rest of the family plays into – for her benefit. The act ends after the Blisses engage in a melodramatic dialogue from Love’s Whirlwind.

        Act 2 was entertaining to me as it was all about theatrics. One of my favorite parts in this act was the way Paul Georgoulis portrayed David Bliss. While the other actors were fantastic in their performances, the portrayal of David was what drove home how peculiar these characters were.

        The final act, Act 3, is the least dramatic out of them all and isn’t quite as entertaining as the other two acts. Without giving much away, the Bliss family manages to not only run off their guests with their outlandish behavior, but they also show how completely oblivious they are to their own behaviors. The act ends with the Blisses calmly enjoying the final chapter of David’s novel.

           When I went into the play, I had no idea what it was about or what to expect from it, but I left wishing for more. I’ve never been big on plays as I prefer something with subtitles and a play/pause option, but I was very pleased with the show that the BVNW theater department put on.

        At points, it was fast-paced and seemed a bit rushed and hard to follow, but overall it was a great play and the actors were beyond spectacular.