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May 27, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: 'Hay Fever' cast brings laughter with talent, practice

MILLEDGEVILLE — “My baby’s gentle, and she’s wild. She wears a button on her shoulder, saying I’m a flower child...”

Now what could those lyrics have to do with the main theme of this week’s column? Read on MacBliss.

The Milledgeville Players production of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever” is just around the corner (when you’re just around the bend). In fact, opening night is this Thursday, May 29 starting at 8:00 PM in romantic Russell Auditorium on the Georgia College campus.

The play continues its comedic run on Friday and Saturday nights, May 30 and 31, also at that same time reference as a certain brand of coffee. On Sunday, the performance starts at 2:00 PM, the middle time of the old Dr. Pepper slogan of “drink a bite to eat at 10, 2 and 4".

Maybe there IS too much product placement in media these days.

If you’ve been keeping track of information over the past few weeks, you probably know the basics, but allow me to refresh your memory. It’s always nice to have a sparkling refreshed memory!

“Hay Fever” is a comic play written by Noel Coward in 1924 and first produced in 1925. The play has been described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners.

Set in an English country house, the play centers around the four members of the Bliss family and their outrageous behavior. Each of the family members has invited a guest for the weekend without consulting the others.

Judith Bliss, the matriarch of the family, announces early in the play, before the arrival of the guests, that she has decided to return to the stage in one of her previous hits. She and the two grown children, Simon and Sorel, start acting out a passage from the play, “Is this a game?” The answer is yes and it is a game that must be played to the finish.

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