Hay Fever

Hay Fever Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests David Bliss a novelist and his wife Judith a retired actress find that an impossible dream when their high spirited children Simon and So

  • Title: Hay Fever
  • Author: Noël Coward
  • ISBN: 9780573011740
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own A housefull of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare With Judith s new flame and David s newest literary inspHoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own A housefull of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare With Judith s new flame and David s newest literary inspiration keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the quiet weekend comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.

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    1. Noël Coward

      Sir No l Peirce Coward was an English actor, playwright and composer of popular music Among his achievements, he received an Academy Certificate of Merit at the 1943 Academy Awards for outstanding production achievement for In Which We Serve.

    792 thoughts on “Hay Fever”

    1. HAY FEVER. (1925). Noel Coward. ***.There are some plays that are better seen than read. This is one of those plays. The cast of characters is introduced rather quickly in the first act, and all the action takes place in a crowded hallway of a manor house. The premise is that each member of the Bliss country house, Mom, Dad, Sister, and Brother, have each invited a friend to come and spend the weekend there. Unfortunately, none of them has bothered to tell any of the others about their invited g [...]


    2. The problem with Hay Fever seems, for many, to be the first encounter with the piece. My first encounter with the play was the BBC adaptation from long ago and I quickly found my attention drifting - characters introduced too quickly and too many at a time to fully focus on the developing plot. However, years later I am revisiting the play by reading the original text and the result is much more desirable. The Blisses are a fascinating theatrical family, "self-centred egotists" and far from perf [...]


    3. Love this, I have to re read it every once in awhile. I first saw it in a 1977 college production when my sister played Jackie. I've since seen it professionally in Los Angeles and London, and I swear the first one was as good or better. (different laughs on some lines with the British audience, found that interesting)


    4. I read this for ENGL 100 and I actually liked it!! I thought it was pretty funny and my favourite part would have to be the adverb game scene where Richard mistakenly acts out the word "saucily" instead of "winsomely." I'm not a big fan of required readings for school but I definitely recommend this and it only takes about an hour to read!!


    5. A little too big a cast for a completely successful audio production, this fast moving farce has a bohemian family of husband, wife, daughter, and son, all of whom (without warning the others) invite a weekend guest. Each invitee comes with an agenda and each invite is also sent with an agenda, and the cross purposes of everyone's drives (the husband is a famous author who loves to tear people down for their pretenses, but in a jolly way; the wife is a retired actress who is still a creature of [...]



    6. Dull opening act of scene setting, but a very strong second half after the scene is set. It's of the same era and style as The Importance of Being Earnest in a lot of ways it's just not quite as good.


    7. Lots of mixups and mayhem, but it just wasn't really my style. I could tell from the beginning the general idea of what was going to happen. I didn't particularly like any of the characters; they all seemed very similar to me (I even got them confused a lot). This, though, is the sort of play that would almost certainly be better on stage than read, and who knows? With the right cast and direction, it could probably actually be pretty funny. But I got pretty bored reading it and had to force mys [...]


    8. Not my favourite, but still perhaps his best. Incredibly difficult to perform, absolutely side-splittingly funny when done right, and likely to endure for another century at least.Myra: It's heavenly here -- after London! The heat was terrible when I left. You look awfully well, Judith. Rusticating obviously agrees with you.Judith: I'm glad you think so. Personally, I feel that a nervous breakdown is imminent.Myra: My dear, how ghastly! What's the matter?Judith: Nothing's the matter yet, Myra, b [...]


    9. Well, I think this may have been the weakest of the three plays in the collection, perhaps because it follows a typical comedy of errors with a family each having a lover and all of the lovers switching and also getting a bit fed up with the self absorbed aristocratic family. This would probably make for a hysterical play when performed but it's easy to get annoyed with its predictability while reading it.


    10. One of the two Noël Coward's comedies I best like (the other one is Blythe spirit).I have watched this comedy represented once in Spanish translation (under the title La encantadora familia Bliss) and three times in the original English, plus having read the Spanish translation another four times (at least), and it never fails to make me laugh.


    11. Another madcap comedy! I am a fan of Noel Coward, no doubt, but my one true love is still Oscar Wilde.A riotously crazy family gathers in the countryside and unbeknownst to the others, each family member invites a guest to stay for the weekend. The guests have designs on varying family members, the family members have designs on various guests, the weather doesn't cooperate and chaos ensues.


    12. As with other plays by Noel Coward, it's fun to read if you like very light comedy, but for my taste it's too much lacking in any kind of critical import. Its humour is a bit out-of-date and it is relying heavily on the upper class social conventions of the 1920s what with all the summer residence airs, cocktails and jeunesse blasé smugness. Most of it I find annoying rather than funny.


    13. OH MY GOD What a boring play. No plot except "this crazy family drives all their guests away by pretending to be madly in love with them, which drives the guests into each others' arms." And in the most awful, contrived ways. This play can eat my entire ass. The characters would be decent in an actual plot setting, but JEEZZZUZ.


    14. This play has great pairing for fun scenes for any good ensemble, but the plot is very simple, even for Noel Coward, and I was left with the feeling of "I've read this story before, with different characters."


    15. More puzzling than riotous. A demented portrait of a Bohemian family that exchanges romantic partners as casually as socks. Terribly interesting, but I'll need a stage production in order to truly envision it.


    16. Such a fun romp! Glad it was picked as our fall play for 2014; will be such a different experience for our tech students and actors. Nobody does British comedy like Coward. Darling, I must go now drink and smoke like my life depends on it. Join me? Smashing.


    17. I should probably be rating this when I'm in less of a crappy mood, but I didn't enjoy this at all. It took forever to get through, the characters were terrible people, and the story was just not entertaining.


    18. I read this play for a class in high school and then went to see it on Broadway. I remember thinking it was dated and not easily related to by a 17 year old, but then I enjoyed the stage production.


    19. Read this for my book challenge this year under "plays." I'm sure it is better onstage rather than read. Opportunity for a few laughs, but a pretty thin plot. I read Coward wrote this in three days and it shows.


    20. Nöel Coward wrote this comedy of manners in 1924. An eccentric and outlandish family has a country house and they invite guests to spend a weekend there. Their lifestyle is so over-the-top theatrical that their guests flee like the wind. This one has become my new favorite Noel Coward's play!






    21. Quite delightful, I’d never read it before nor seen it done. I would love to play Judith, but it ain’t gonna happen. I’d settle for the maid.



    22. I read this because of reading Private Lives in my British Comedy class last year. I love reading plays, and Coward is very funny, though slightly cruel at times.




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