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Playhouse Theatre Company to present 'Hay Fever'

October 9, 2015

The Playhouse Theatre Company next weekend is producing “Hay Fever,” considered by critics one of Noel Coward’s finest comedies.

The play explores and pokes fun at the eccentricities of the British creative class in the 1920s.

When members of the flamboyant Bliss family terrorize their weekend guests in their country home, they ultimately expose the fundamental folly of those who seek to run shoulders with the rich and famous.

Audience members can expect to be transported in time, said Director Lamby Hedge.

“’Hay Fever’ offers the Stephens College Playhouse Company a chance to tackle a sparkling period piece set in what once was the exclusive and sometimes bohemian domain of the creative class of Cookham, England, circa 1925,” she said. “Our production will be resplendent with period style costumes, period movements and dialect work, Coward’s wry sophisticated language, over-the-top comic characterizations and board physical comedy-and executive in a fast-paced high style.”

The play has five strong female roles, including the eccentric retired actress Judith Bliss, which will be played by Stephens alumna Peggy Friesen, an in-demand actress who also starred in the 2008 production of “Hay Fever” at Okoboji Summer Theatre. Additional professional actors in the cast include guest artist Timo Aker portraying the stiff diplomat looking for a weekend frolic with the Bliss daughter, Sorel, and Stephens Professor and resident teaching artist Rob Doyen portraying the patriarch, David Bliss.

“Hay Fever” starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 18 with 2 pm. matinees on Oct. 17 and 18. Tickets.

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