‘Hay Fever,’ a comedic play by Noel Coward, opens Nov. 13 at Robinson Theatre | PostIndependent.com

‘Hay Fever,’ a comedic play by Noel Coward, opens Nov. 13 at Robinson Theatre

Sharon Sullivan
Colorado Mesa University theater arts students Hannah Fisher, Colton Pratt, Rachel Boyce and Ethan Knowles are among the cast of "Hay Fever" — a comedic play by Noel Coward.
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WHAT: CMU theatre season production of Noel Coward’s comic play “Hay Fever”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13-16

WHERE: Moss Performing Arts Center, Robinson Theatre

COST: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $6 students

INFO: 970-248-1604

A comedy of manners intended to poke fun at Great Britain’s upper crust is the subject of “Hay Fever,” a play performed by Colorado Mesa University’s Theatre Department Nov. 13-16 in the Robinson Theatre.

Written by Noel Coward in 1924, the play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, featuring the bohemian Bliss family.

The husband and wife characters and their two adult children have each invited a guest for an amorous weekend unbeknownst to one another. The family’s outlandish and self-centered behavior causes the guests to all sneak away while the family members are immersed in their own drama.

The story is “wild” and “historical” and a “faithful reproduction of how people moved in those upper circles” during the roaring ’20s, producer and director Tim Pinnow said, adding “there are farcical elements,” to the play and that it’s “quite funny.

“It’s the glamour period of the Hollywood starlets. The characters have unbelievable gowns, and the men are in tuxedoes.”

Costumer Jill Van Brussel, a CMU assistant professor of theatre in costume design, said the director had three words of instruction regarding the gowns: bias, cut, dress.

“So we went with a 1930s silhouette style dress with fabric that drapes over the body like water,” she said. “We wanted a feeling of ease and elegance; movement and flow.”

While the theatre department has an extensive stock of costumes, many of the women’s wear for this show was sewn from patterns created by Van Brussel and her team.

The play is set during an elegant period where even in the rural countryside people of that era dressed for dinner in gowns and tuxedoes, Van Brussel said.

“Hay Fever” is one of several CMU main stage theatre arts season productions. “Legally Blonde, the Musical” will be performed in February, followed in April by the show “Eurydice,” a retelling of the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of his wife, Eurydice.

Tickets for “Hay Fever” or any of the shows are available at the box office by calling 970-248-1604, or may be purchased online at coloradomesa.edu/mosstickets.

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